Author: Richard Marcus

Algerian musician Abderrahmane Abdelli (photo: private; source: ARC Music)

Abderrahmane Abdelli's "Songs of Exile"

Yearning for home

Cover of Boubacar "Badian" Diabate's "Mande Guitar: African Guitar Series Vol 1"(source: Lion Songs Records)

Boubacar "Badian" Diabate's "Mande Guitar: African Guitar Series Vol 1"

Acoustic guitar played with passion and joy

Israeli percussionist Ben Aylon (photo: Ben Aylon)

Album review: Ben Aylon's "Xalam"

More than a one man tribe

UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Old City of Sana'a in Yemen (photo: picture-alliance/epa/Y. Arhab)

Book review: Threa Almontaser's "The Wild Fox of Yemen"

An emotional landscape of subtle complexity

Illustration by Deloupy from "Algeriennes", story by Swann Meralli, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (published in English by Pennsylvania State University Press)

"Algeriennes" by Swann Meralli and Deloupy

The bravery and resilience of Algeria's "mujahidates"

Mali musician Anansy Cisse (source: Facebook)

Album review: Anansy Cisse's "Anoura"

A joyful tonic for the pandemic-weary

Indian author Arundhati Roy (source: YouTube; nationalheraldindia.com)

Arundhati Roy's "Azadi"

Narendra Modi is pushing Indian society to the brink

A demonstrator displays her opinion outside the courthouse on the first day of the constitutional challenge to Bill 21, which bans public workers in positions of "authority" from wearing religious symbols, before the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal on 2 November 2020 (photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Canada and the problem with Bill 21

Quebec's controversial secularism law takes the stand

Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi (photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Album review: Emel Mathlouthi's "The Tunis Diaries"

Beauty born of lockdown

American author Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: private)

Book review: Michael Muhammad Knight's "Muhammad's Body"

The Prophet, a figure central to Islam's inherent complexities

Naima Shalhoub (photo: Tarik Kazaleh)

Album review: Naima Shalhoub's "Siphr"

Juxtaposing harsh realities with bright hope

Groupe RTD (photo: Janto Djassi)

Album review: Groupe RTD's "The Dancing Devils of Djibouti"

Foot-tapping fusion

Iranian Kurdish author and activist Ava Homa (photo: Sam Attar)

Book review: Ava Homa's "Daughters of Smoke and Fire"

Living with the sting of hatred

Founding members of The Moorish Science Temple of America (source: www.moorishsciencetempleofamerica.info)

Book review: Jacob S. Dormanʹs ʺThe Princess and the Prophetʺ

Birthing America's Nation of Islam

British-Sudanese author Leila Aboulela (photo: picture-alliance/EdinburghEliteMedia/Ger Harley)

Book review: Leila Aboulela's "Bird Summons"

The arc of self-discovery

Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar (source: wilddingopress.com.au)

Book review: Shokoofeh Azar's "The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree"

Straight to the heart

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