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The Drive to Modernize Turkey

After its establishment, the Turkish Republic (under the leadership of Mustafa “Atatürk” Kemal) embarked on a series of reforms that …

East-West Fusion at the Proms

This year’s BBC Proms featured a number of concerts related to the Arab world. Prom 14 featured a world premier …

A Victorian in Arabia

The Victorians were fascinated by scenes of far-off lands, in particular by what was perceived as ‘exotic Arabia,’ a fascination …

Hurdles and other Obstacles

Entering the exhibition Hey’Ya: Arab Women in Sport at Sotheby’s in London, I stop by a photograph of Qatari player …

Notion of Freedom

Calligraphy has always been a part of the development of written language. Calligraphy by Muslim artists who used the Arab …

Meeting Bahaa Taher

Bahaa Taher was born 1935, in Giza (Greater Cairo), to parents from the Karnak village in the Luxor governorate, Upper …

Review: Where Do We Go Now?

The film is a tale of one unspecified Arab village—likely in Lebanon where the film was shot—that oscillates between coexistence …

Still Adoring the Idea

This May 29th marked the 559th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul. Thousands of people gathered in the soft drizzling …

A World of Possibilities

Bibliotheca Alexandrina will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary. The library offers a constantly-evolving range of programs that invite the engagement …