“Exploring arts and culture in the Arab world”
Former British soldier Adnan Sarwar on the importance of listening to Arabs on their own terms; starting with the words they write.
Jon Weldon explores the ever-shifting facades of Medina through the evocative photography of Moath Al Ofi.
Alaa Al-Aswany's new book sheds a fascinating light on the development of the writer's political sensibility over the past four years.
Emile Cohen pays homage to the life and works of one of the greatest translators of the Arabic language who ever lived.
An all-female cast of Syrian refugees create a haunting and deeply tragic rendition of Sophocles seminal work "Antigone", says Sophia Smith Galer.
Iraqi Jewish exile, Emile Cohen, reviews Duki Dror's recent documentary film chronicling just one of the tragic stories to emerge out of Iraq's turbulent relationship with its Jewish community int he late 20th century.
A bold voice for freedom of expression, Amin employs her art in drawing the roadmap for fellow regional artists to shape a society more transparent and less hypocritical. To find out about her recent work, Ala Zainalabidean visited her studio, the center of her art.
As the terror-stricken regime of the Islamic State (IS), which now holds sway over significant parts of Northern Iraq, continues unabated, it is worth reflecting back on other turbulent moments in the history of what used to be Mesopotamia.
Hasheemah Afaneh meditates on her multiple identities as a woman, a Westerner, and English-speaker and, most of all, as a Palestinian.
Graham Liddell reviews George Antonius' seminal work on Arab nationalism written in the early 20th century and finds a surprising affinity between Antonius' predictions and the current predicament in Palestine.
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.
The Arab Review offers an alternative narrative to that of the mainstream media; a narrative written and voiced by the people who live it.
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There are myriad facets to Arab culture that remain largely ignored by the West, The Arab Review seeks to redress this balance and go beyond the headlines to shine a light on the complex and nuanced voices of the Middle East.
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