“Exploring arts and culture in the Arab world”
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.
As events continue to unfold across the Arab world, Sophie Chamas turns to Jean Said Makdisi's memoir of the Lebanese civil war to reflect on human nature and the violence within us all.
A blog purporting to help the reader not to be a "dickhead in Palestine" has drawn attention from various quarters for its tongue-in-cheek humour and enduring message. The Arab Review speaks to the founder of the blog about the persistence of the Orientalist paradigm.
As Syria becomes more and more prominent on the world stage, a look at contemporary art in the country provides a fascinating glimpse of the conflict as experience by Syrians themselves and constructs an important counter-narrative to that being told by the West.
Sex is often seen as a taboo topic, and arguably nowhere more so than in the Arab world. Sarah Zakzouk speaks to Shereen El Feki about her motivations behind her book Sex and the Citadel, and about what she hopes to achieve by lifting the veil on Muslim sexual practice.
Two years on from the uprising of 2011, Egyptians continue to fight for real change in their country through a variety of creative and imaginative ways. Several new memes directed against the Islamist policies of the Morsi government highlight key aspects of the current protests movement.
Perhaps better known for its oil exports and its ruling oligarchy, Saudi Arabia is currently experiencing an unprecedented boost to its arts scene. Sarah Zakzouk investigates by taking a trip to Athr Gallery in the Kingdom's artistic hub of Jeddah..
Raphael Cormack reviews Ahmed el-Alfy's production of Ali Salem's Comedy of Oedipus, reincarnated this month in London as part of the biannual Shubbak Festival celebrating arts and culture in the Middle East.
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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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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