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Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

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Latest update : 2017-11-01

Amrou Al-Kadhi: The Iraqi-British drag performer making waves

Until the age of 11, Amrou Al-Kadhi was an Iraqi living in the UAE and Bahrain - immersed in religion, Arab morality and an obligation to "keep up appearances". It was a "silencing" experience for someone with gender identity disorder and something the 27-year-old came to reject as a teenager. In a bid to renounce Islam and a Middle Eastern heritage, Amrou turned to drag, and is now part of a troupe called Denim. He joins us to talk about how he grew up between two cultures.

Also, the Balfour Declaration, a 67-word document that changed the face of the Middle East, is turning 100 years old. It has been celebrated by Israelis and contested by Palestinians and historians alike for decades. But what exactly does it say? Shirli Sitbon explains.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, girls under 18 are continuing to get married. The country's lawmakers announced in October that they're moving to impose measures against child marriage. But in rural areas, where the phenomenon is widespread, many families have no intention of changing their practices. Our correspondents report.

By Joanna COCKERELL , Sanam SHANTYAEI , Tamara PAVAN , Anne POUZARGUES

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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2018-06-06 Jeanne LAVENANT

Israel's targeted assassinations: Revealing the Mossad's methods

This week our special guest is Ronen Bergman. He joins us from Tel Aviv to talk about his book, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations". The...

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2018-05-30 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian female kickboxer Farinaz Lari on conquering the ring

Boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are among the world's most famous athletes. But can you name a female boxer off the top of your head? Joining us from Vancouver is Farinaz...

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2018-05-23 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

In Iraq, the Islamic State group has been run out of Fallujah, a city which it ruled with an iron fist for two-and-a-half years. Fallujah was the scene of some of the fiercest...

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