Author: Richard Marcus

Sara Najafi and Parvin Namazi (both left) in a still from the film "No Land's Song"

Film review: "No Land's Song"

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One woman's quest to make Iranian women's voices heard

BKO Quintet (source: Buda Musique)

Album review: "Bamako Today" by the BKO Quintet

A fascinating mix of the old and the new

A makeshift memorial to the three Muslims (Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19) who were shot dead in early February 2015, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, N.C. (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada and the US

Playing on people's fears

Trio Chemirani (photo: Harmonia Mundi)

Album review: "Dawar" by Trio Chemirani

A brilliant kaleidoscope of textures

Kasse Mady Diabate (source: www.kassemadydiabatemusic.com)

Album review: "Kirike" by Kasse Mady Diabate

"Understanding is what we wish for: to live in peace"

Israeli musician David Broza performs the national anthem prior to the game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on 29 May 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Album review: "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" by David Broza

"A combined effort of the mind, the heart and the soul"

Simo Lagnawi (photo: Simo Lagnawi/Riverboat Records)

Album review: "The Gnawa Berber" by Simo Lagnawi

A wholehearted expression of devotion

Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel (photo: Jason Marck)

Album review: "The Paris Session" by The Touré-Raichel Collective

Expanding each other's musical horizons

Quraishi (photo: Evergreene Music)

Album review: "Mountain Melodies" by Quraishi

Keeping the voice of Afghanistan alive

Aziza Brahim at the 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, in Malaga, Spain, 24 April 2012 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Aziza Brahim's CD "Soutak"

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Music of beauty from a barren land

Book cover Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW Books)

Saladin Ahmed's ''Throne of the Crescent Moon''

An Arab-American Fantasy Epic

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: Kim Badawi - Reflux Pictures, Lorber Films)

Interview with Michael Muhammad Knight

''Religious Laws Can Change''

Omar Bombino Moctar and friends (photo: Ron Wyman/bambinoafrica.com)

Omar ''Bombino'' Moctar

Rebel Music from the Sahara