Iraq’s Art Scene Begins to Revive, but There’s Still Another Big Show in Town

October 19, 2009 7:15 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy October 19, 2009 The curtains have finally opened at Iraq’s National Theater, after 6 years of turmoil through the war. Though the theater was looted in 2003, recent efforts from the Cultural Ministry to rebuild the city’s art scene have lead to the opening of “To enjoy […]

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Beirut Comes Up Again, to Party and to Pray

September 14, 2009 8:51 pm0 comments

September 14th, 2009 By Fareeda Ahmed Beirut’s Ancient Roman ruins serve as the backdrop for Snoop Dogg rap concerts and Page-Sixer celebrity soirees: what better image is there to illustrate the coexistence (or tension) between old and new, faith and funk, partying and political turmoil? Lebanon is a microcosm of […]

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Focus on Fashion Week: Harem… ahem… pants

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By Moniza Khokhar September 14, 2009 The hearts and minds of fashionistas around the world are aimed squarely on New York City this week for the city’s annual Fashion Week extravaganza. One of the hottest trends emerging – at least, according to the coveted Vogue September issue – are the […]

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Film Review: Coming to “Amreeka”

September 8, 2009 8:53 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy September 6, 2009 Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour) is fed up. Her husband left her for a younger, thinner woman. She lives with her mother, who constantly nags her about everything, including her weight. She commutes two hours to her banking job in East Jerusalem from her home […]

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Doha Rolls Out the Red Carpet with Tribeca Film Festival

August 31, 2009 8:13 pm0 comments

Sara Elghobashy August 31, 2009 On Monday, a representative of Qatar’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival said the Gulf state hopes to create a film hub for regional artists that will include education initiatives and community involvement, reports Reuters. Qatar is looking to become a cultural capital of the Gulf region, […]

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Iranian Hip-Hopper YAS Breaks Barriers

July 21, 2009 7:30 pm0 comments

By Farrah Hamid July 21st, 2009 To many in Iran looking for hope at a difficult and tumultuous time, hip-hopper YAS has been one of the most distinct voices of leadership and inspiration for the country’s youth. On the global music stage, YAS is becoming a force to be reckoned […]

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Film Review: Hamza Perez is the “New Muslim Cool”

July 16, 2009 10:17 pm0 comments

Posted by Liali Albana July 16, 2009 Spiritual re-invention through conversion to Islam is the true essence of the Muslim religion. The very first Muslims, including the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), all declared shahada and converted to Islam. The hero of the celebrated new film New […]

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Egypt: The “It” Player in World Cinema

July 7, 2009 6:54 pm0 comments

By Liali Albana July 6th, 2009 From New Muslim Cool to The Stoning of Soraya M., it looks like nuanced portrayals of the Islamic world beyond the days of Die Hard are all the rage in American film today. But although these expressions of cinema are making waves in the […]

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