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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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Book review : Al-Britannia, My Country

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Al-Britannia,My Country A journey through Muslim Britain By James Fergusson Published by Bantam Press ISBN 9780593077375 Price £20.00 hardback   James Fergusson travels the length of Britain to explore our often misunderstood Muslim communities, and to experience life on both … Continue reading

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Book review: Farewell Shiraz

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Farewell Shiraz An Iranian memoir of revolution and exile By Cyrus Kadivar Published by AUC Press ISBN 9789774168260 Price $39.95 hardback A poignant memoir of pre-1979 Iran and the human drama behind the fall of the last shah In October … Continue reading

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Sylvia Smith When Donald Trump recently announced that the opening of the new US embassy in the UK was not a good enough reason for him to travel to the UK, he highlighted the significance of the architecture as well … Continue reading

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By Sylvia Smith The connection between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and  Charles I, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649, might seem rather tenuous – but the link … 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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Book review: The Diaries of Waguih Ghali


The Diaries of Waguih Ghali          An Egyptian writer in the swinging sixties 1966-68 Edited by May Hawas Published by AUC Press ISBN 9789774167805 Price $35.00 Hardback In 1968, Egyptian novelist and political exile Waguih Ghali committed … Continue reading

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Oman’s endangered marine life

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The Arabian Sea humpback whale outlived the last great ice age, surviving through 70,000 years of change, but now it is at risk of extinction. Detailed scientific research, including satellite tracking, has revealed  there are now less than a hundred … Continue reading

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