Itam Azzam with her Bafta. Photo: Itab Azzam
Syrian filmmaker hopes olive tree bears fruit in London haven

Bafta winner's art helps women refugees challenge the narrative of loss to create social change

March 28, 2024, 6:00 AM
Consultant breast surgeon Asmaa Al-Allak says sewing is 'my way to forget all the troubles in the world and at work'. Photo: BBC
Iraq memories woven into very fabric of sewing queen Asmaa Al-Allak

Handed-down skills won the medic crown of Great British Sewing Bee champion

January 11, 2024, 6:00 AM
The Ayoub Sisters during their Cairo Opera Orchestra Concert. Photo: The Ayoub Sisters
Scottish-Egyptian musical duo The Ayoub Sisters are not just doing it for themselves

Siblings' music is a celebration of their mixed heritage and the parents who nurtured their talent from a young age. Now, they’re playing it forward

June 23, 2023, 5:00 AM
Yemeni-American Amer Ghalib made history last year when he was sworn in alongside three new councillors in Hamtramck, now believed to be the first city in the US with an all-Muslim council. Photo: Amer Ghalib
How football-loving Amer Ghalib reached his political goal

Once a migrant worker in a Midwestern car parts factory, the Yemeni healthcare practitioner is now Hamtramck's first Muslim mayor. His secret? Never giving up on his goals

January 13, 2023, 6:00 AM
A car accident meant that Dr Atheer Awad ended up in hospital and missed the window to sign up to study medicine at university. By the time she was discharged, the only degree option still open to her was pharmacy. She took that as a sign. Photo: Dr Atheer Awad
The accidental pharmacist: How Dr Atheer Awad found her calling in the laboratory

Trailblazing Jordanian-British research fellow reveals that her prescription for success requires dispensing - but only with tradition

December 15, 2022, 6:00 AM
Maliha Abidi, 26, has been drawing for as long as she can remember. It was always a hobby but, at 14, became her 'coping mechanism'. Photo: Syed Askari
Women's campaigner Maliha Abidi is the ultimate breakthrough activist

A lack of representation prompted the Pakistan-born artist to dedicate years to writing and illustrating compilations of extraordinary women of colour - disconcertingly earning herself a place on just such a list

March 04, 2022, 6:02 PM
The young Bnar with her mother in a refugee camp in northern Iraq, left, and having graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in medicine, right. Photo: Dr Bnar Talabani
TikTok pioneer Bnar Talabani is taking the fight to anti-vaxxers

The medic and scientist hopes girls are inspired by her story as a 10-year-old Kurdish refugee arriving in the UK with little more than the will to survive

February 11, 2022, 7:00 AM
Ziauddin Yousafzai, whose daughter Malala was shot on a school bus in Pakistan, said his family and people had been through 'Talibanisation' and knew what that meant. Reem Mohammed / The National
Malala Fund questions Taliban pledge for girls' education

Ziauddin Yousafzai reveals work driven underground amid fears for the safety of its advocates

January 24, 2022, 1:48 PM
Professor Adah Almutairi's wide-ranging work combining materials chemistry with nanotechnology as well as developing tools for the future of biology and medicine has won all manner of honours, awards and recognition. Photo: Adah Almutairi
Woman of substance: the materials world of Adah Almutairi

The celebrated pharmaceutical chemist, nano engineer and inventor reveals why she has spent a career focusing her mind over matter

August 27, 2021, 10:52 AM
The three brothers Yafai - Kal, Gamal and Galal, above - grew up resolved to lift their prospects beyond one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Birmingham and make their mother proud. David Warren / Alamy Stock Photo
Yemeni name gave Yafai brothers reason to go the distance for Olympic gold

Years of scrapping with his older siblings - both tearaways turned title-holders - helped Galal Yafai top the podium for Britain and its most successful boxing family

August 15, 2021, 6:00 AM
Namira Salim, who was among the first people to buy a ticket to space with Virgin Galactic, pictured with Richard Branson in 2006.
Dubai adventurer eyes trip to space with 'bargain' $200,000 ticket

Namira Salim booked a trip from Richard Branson 17 years ago. Now she could soon be among the first space tourists

July 11, 2021, 3:11 AM
Attab Haddad, oud maestro: 'On a professional level, I would like to do more with the project that I put together this year, both in and out of the UK, and I would like to record my next album in Turkey before the end of the year if the travel situation normalises. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2022 and a better year for all.' Mark Chilvers
Oud to joy: Attab Haddad has the world on a string

A passion for music began in childhood for the British-Iraqi maestro. Now, his compositions are a bridge between East and West. 'A bit like me,' he says

June 24, 2021, 5:51 PM
Nabil Nayal, walking the runway above at Fashion Forward in Dubai in 2017, has not been back to his Syrian birthplace in decades, but is returning to his roots via the country's rich textiles. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for FFWD
After Aleppo: designer Nabil Nayal draws together the two halves of his heritage

His clothes, inspired by England’s golden age, are coveted by pop stars and fashionistas. Now, he plans to create a future from the historic dress of his Syrian birthplace

May 20, 2021, 8:30 AM
The Bedouin tent mausoleum of English explorer Sir Richard Burton and his wife Isabel Burton, in London. Courtesy: Burtoniana.org
Explorer's stone Syrian desert tent rotting in London graveyard

Victorian explorer and statesman was laid to rest in a permanent version of a Bedouin tent

March 24, 2021, 3:36 PM
Left: Dr Nisreen Alwan, is one of thousands of Britons to be have been enervated by long Covid. right: Kings College Hospital staff help another sufferer to walk again during his rehabilitative process AFP
Long Covid linked to brain damage

Subjects were shown to have suffered significant neurological impairment from the illness

January 30, 2021, 6:53 PM