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Book review – No Place for women


No Place for women (Crimes in Arabia -Book two) By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN 9781535077989 Price £7.99 paperback   Finding a missing construction worker makes Ali a good man but not a stellar detective – at least … Continue reading

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016


Architecture of Optimism Sylvia Smith From a cemetery to a textile factory, a conference centre to striped water towers, one of the world’s most influential prizes for architecture has taken the concept of modern architecture to a new level by … Continue reading

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Wagner’s Lohengrin plays the Royal Opera House Muscat


By Rosemary Hector The work of the great Romantic German composer, poet, librettist, conductor and theatre director, Richard Wagner , a giant in the history of opera, was showcased at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) in Oman recently to enthusiastic reviews … Continue reading

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Book review – Letters to a young Muslim


Letters to a young Muslim By Omar Saif Ghobash Published by Picador ISBN 9781509842599 Price £14.99 Hardback In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable manifesto that tackles our current … Continue reading

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EGYPT: embarking upon a new era of silver screen success?


In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, the literary works of leading Egyptian authors brought glory to the big screen when their novels were made into films. This year, the Egyptian novel took to the small screen when Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz’s  Afrah al-Qubbah … Continue reading

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A is for Architecture


Sylvia Smith One of the world’s most prestigious architectural prizes is being presented in a late 19th century fort in the United Arab Emirates. But far from suggesting that Islamic architecture is a nostalgic journey into a fabled Arabian Nights … Continue reading

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Book review – The race for paradise


The Race for Paradise An Islamic History of the crusades By Paul M Cobb Published by Oxford University Press ISBN 9780198787990 Price £12.99 paperback In 1099, when the first Frankish invaders arrived before the walls of Jerusalem, they had carved … Continue reading

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Jordanian government blamed over Hattar murder

Nahed Hattar

Jordan writer murdered Continue reading

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Book review – The Poisoned Well


The Poisoned Well               Empire and its legacy in the Middle East by Roger Hardy Published by Hurst & Co ISBN 9781849046398 Price £20.00 hardback   Almost fifty years after Britain and France left … Continue reading

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Leighton in the Limelight

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Mosaic Video Arts Sylvia Smith: This year marks 120 years since the death of Frederick, Lord Leighton, perhaps best remembered for his remarkable house in Kensington, near Holland Park. This personal, architectural tribute to Middle Eastern art and decorative crafts … Continue reading

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