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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 …

Refusing the Politics of Piety

In 2012, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi went from being Sudan’s most celebrated poet to a political refugee. His poetry anthologies Songs of …