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By Sylvia Smith M is a fictional character the James Bond films and books. As head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Ian Fleming’s character is an amalgamation of different people he knew in different parts of British intelligence. M has … Continue reading

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SHEROES: Arab artists make their voices heard at London exhibition

The Skirt A tribute to women in the line of defence against fear and terror

Three Arab artists participated in the Sheroes Exhibition held in East London last month, which aimed to give a voice to under represented female artists in the art world. By Karen Dabrowska The organisers, Lon-art, displayed their mission statement at … Continue reading

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The World of the Fatimids

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Sylvia Smith The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is North America’s only museum solely dedicated to showcasing Islamic art and culture. A new exhibition recently opening there and entitled The World of the Fatimids is showing a wide range of … Continue reading

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Celestial Chocolate

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Sylvia Smith Photography by Richard Duebel Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate, but in the case of Mirzam celestial is a doubly significant. Stars in the night skies guided Arab sailors navigating … Continue reading

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Arabian Oryx numbers increase in the UAE


Some 200 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city, 14 Arabian Oryx have been given another chance at life in the wild. Once on the verge of extinction, the species will now be able to roam … Continue reading

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

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By Sylvia Smith with photographs by Richard Duebel   The architect is a Frenchman, Jean Nouvel, known for having designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France and the soon-to-open National Museum of Qatar; the setting is Sadiyaat Island, … Continue reading

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017


Sylvia Smith: Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis Kéré‘s home, Burkina Faso. From an ecological point of view the shelter has all the hallmarks … Continue reading

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Moving the Earth

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By Sylvia Smith   The title of the international conference might not be one to get the pulse racing. In fact Islamic Archaeology in Global Perspective could have been the cure for insomnia except for a clutch of excellent speakers. … Continue reading

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Sword making in Bahrain


Sylvia Smith Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated … Continue reading

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital


Sylvia Smith Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the extraordinary quality of inventiveness whether it be sculpture, painting, video or design – but it … Continue reading

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