“Exploring arts and culture in the Arab world”
A reality TV programme entitled "The President" and claiming to bring an overhaul of Palestine's political system is taking the territories by storm. Lena Odgaard investigates.
Online crowdsourcing project Zamaaan has accumulated over 400 images of personal and poignant moments from the Middle East's history in the few months since its inception in January 2013. Founder Fatima explains more about this original testament to the rich and varied history of the Arab world.
At a time of crisis and uncertainty, Egypt's minority Coptic community may hold the key for the future of government legitimacy in the country, say Matteo Gramaglia and Magdy Aziz Tobia
Andrew Leber explores the forgotten stories and legends of the notable Andraus Pasha family, whose secrets live on in the family's homestead in Upper Egypt.
A recent posthumous memoir by the son of prominent Iraqi politician Mohammed Hadid leaves many questions unanswered about the viability and sustainability of Iraq's alleged "democratic moment", says Charles Tripp.
Memorial and commemoration have always been an integral part of Egyptian history, says Raphael Cormack, and nothing encapsulates this more than a visit to the tomb of the Sufi saint Umar ibn al-Farid two years after the revolution.
The multiplicity, contradictions and nuances of Cairo have been beautifully captured through the words of the city's writers, from the Fatimid period to present day. The Literary Atlas of Cairo brings together these diverse strands in a comprehensive and multi-faceted portrayal of this timeless metropolis.
A new production at the Ovalhouse explores the multiple layers of meaning behind the story of Amina Arraf, the "Gay Girl in Damascus" who shot to worldwide notoriety in June last year with her revealing blog posts about the situation in Syria.
Should Palestinian writers write about subjects other than Palestine? Does doing so somehow serve to naturalise and accomodate the ongoing occupation? An evening of poetry in London pushes Anna Birawi to ask such questions, and to come to some unsettling conclusions.
With Egypt in a state of flux, it is more important now than ever to ensure that the country's past is recorded and preserved in a way that bears testament to the legacy of today's changes. Sarah Zakzouk visits the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to find out more about their digital archiving project.
The Arab Review is an independent online journal exploring the contemporary Middle East through the culture and art of its people. So much of the coverage of the Arab world is shaped by current affairs and political controversy, often sensationalised by western media outlets.
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