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Past meets Present in Egypt

They say that history repeats itself. Egypt’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, was hailed as a hero after he headed …

Capturing the Human Story

Saddam Hussein’s scorched-earth policy in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War resulted in an environmental catastrophe. On assignment at the …

Learning from Past Mistakes

Jason Pack has assembled articles by both new and well-known experts on Libya to produce a book of consistently high …

The Messenger

Abdulnasser Gharem is the highest-selling artist in the Arab world. Let us get that out of the way, because as …

A Power Façade

An intriguingly titled exhibition, Sultans Are No Sultans, inaugurated the Nour Festival of Arts. Although it is the first solo …

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Wadjda is an adventurous pre-teen with a simple enough request: she wants a bicycle. But in Saudi Arabia, bicycles are …

Pearls of Wisdom

A large, seventeenth-century painting of a French noblewoman decorates the entrance of the London Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition. …

Feast your Eyes

For over 1,000 years, Persia played a central role in the history of the ancient world, alongside and often competing …

Behind Closed Doors

Hengameh Golestan’s work intimately documents four decades of life in Iran—she is widely considered to be a pioneer among Iranian …