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Book review ALEPPO The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City


ALEPPO                                                                                 … Continue reading

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QATAR: retaining a sense of days gone by


Qatar Museums (QM) will host cultural programmes at two key heritage sites For many young Qataris, life before the discovery of massive natural gas reserves in the country’s North Field, is ancient history – and yet it is a history … Continue reading

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Iraqi artist works to revive traditional crafts in southern Iraq


London-based Iraqi artist Rashad Salim has been working in southern Iraq to help revive traditional crafts. The focus of his most recent visit was the building of Marsh Arab canoes in Huwair, Basra, but he is also studying palm culture and … Continue reading

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Arab poet imprisoned as Israeli authorities continue crackdown


An Arab poet has been jailed for inciting violence and supporting a group banned as a terrorist organisation based on her online posts. Dareen Tatour  (below), was arrested in 2015 in connection with three posts, including video of her reading one of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State

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Oman Politics and Society in the Qaboos State By Marc Valeri Published by Hurst & Co ISBN 9781849044851 Price £18.99 Paperback When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of the Persian Gulf state of Oman in 1970, with the … Continue reading

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Same tragedy, different perspective

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By Karen Dabrowska The Pop Art Exodus in The P21 Gallery, an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture. was one of the many events in London commemorating the 70th anniversary of Nakba … Continue reading

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After the Nakba


By Karen Dabrowska Writer Selma Dabbagh, poet Mustafa Abu Sneineh and singer Reem Kelani discussed the effect of the Nakba on their work at a panel discussion held during MFest, a three day London festival of culture dedicated to Muslim … Continue reading

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Book review : A Jerusalem Anthology


A Jerusalem Anthology Travel writing though Centuries Edited by T.J G0rton and Andree Feghali Gorton Published by AUC ISBN 9789774188420 Price £11.99 paperback Jerusalem has a special status as a city that is both terrestrial and celestial. The name includes … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s Labaki makes history at Cannes 2018


Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki made history at this year’s  world famous Cannes Film Festival by becoming the first female Arab filmmaker to win a major prize in competition. She collected  the Jury Prize for her moving child refugee drama Capernaum, which … Continue reading

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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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