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Lawrence of Legend

When I was spending summer afternoons copying Arabic lettering off the blackboard at Oxford University’s Oriental Institute, I would often …

Artists vs Islamists

On 13 December 2012, a large number of cultural coalitions, artists, thinkers, and intellectuals organized a protest march from Talaat …

Under Saudi Sand

Excavation of archeological sites only began in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, yet these digs have already brought an astonishing …

Trappings of Oil

Tucked away in Maddox Street, a strangely quiet side road wedged behind London’s busy Regent Street, is the Selma Feriani …

Citizen Journalist

The tiny Palestinian village of Bil’in has become the frontline in the drawn-out struggle to stop Israel building a wall …

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 …