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Arabs Without God: Atheism and Freedom of Belief in the Middle East

By Brian Whitaker

In a region where the influence of religion is almost inescapable, growing numbers of Arabs are claiming a right to believe – or disbelieve – as they see fit. 

This ground-breaking book looks at the factors that lead them to abandon religion and the challenges non-believers pose for governments and societies that claim to be organised according to the will of God. 

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Arabic edition now available

Italian edition also available.

  

What's Really Wrong with the Middle East  
Brian Whitaker, 2009

 

Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East
Brian Whitaker, 2006, 2011 (updated)

 

The Birth of Modern Yemen

An e-book by Brian Whitaker exploring Yemen's political development since unification of north and south in 1990.


Transgender rights in the Middle East

In a region where gender segregation is widespread and dress codes are sometimes enforced by law, the problems of transgender people are especially acute. 

Read al-bab's special report online or download the PDF

     

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A guide to prominent figures named in the Panama Papers 

 
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