Philadelphia Arabic Newspaper Launched by Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary

Nora Elmarzouky and Yaroub Al-Obaidi

The Middle East Center is very excited to spread this. The following announcement was shared with the MEC by the Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal.

"We are very excited to announce and share the first issue of an Arabic community newspaper in Philadelphia - Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal (FPS Journal). It aims to uplift the legacy of the first Arabic newspaper ever published in the United States called Al-Hoda, that began in Philadelphia in 1898 before moving to New York. The new newspaper was founded by a group of people who came together during a book arts project that engaged archives in the contemporary exploring arts capacity to increase empathy and sense of belonging at Swarthmore College with the same name. The FPS Journal is a FREE quarterly community newspaper that is currently distributed across Philadelphia. This Journal is currently designed and managed by Yaroub Al-Obaidi and Nora Elmarzouky who were also involved in the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage funded project at Swarthmore College.


Here is the digital copy of the first issue. Interested in getting involved?

  • Write an article in Arabic or English. If you can provide an article in both languages that would be best. This newspaper is a platform for diverse opinions and viewpoints. You are responsible for the content of your article - not the newspaper.

  • Publish a photo or art piece - send in the name and artist and if there is a description.

  • Advertise. Let the Arab community know what services, programs, or other products you offer. ¼ page: $125 | ½ page: $250 | 1 page: $500

  • Distribution site: Do you have a lot of Arabic speakers/readers that frequent your location? Let us know and we can get you some copies to help get the word out further."