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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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Book review – Native


Native By Sayed Kashua Published by Saqi Books ISBN 9780863561962 Price £12.99 paperback Native gathers together for the first time a selection of personal essays, first published by Haaretz between 2006 and 2014, exploring questions of identity, cultural divides and the … Continue reading

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Algerian refugee goes from rags to riches


Daniele Henkel decided she had to flee Algeria because she felt her children were no longer safe. “Islamists were starting to attack girls in the street,” she says. “I had to think about my daughters, so I decided to move … Continue reading

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Coming up for Air


Sylvia Smith The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, goes one step further. The six-month show takes visitors on a semi-immersive journey to … Continue reading

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