Author: Richard Marcus

Arab punk fusion band Al Qasar (photo: Kid Richards)

Al Qasar’s "Who Are We"

A hard message for a hard world

Noori & His Dorpa Band in the Sudan National Museum (photo: Yasir Elhassan)

Noori & His Dorpa Band's "Beja Power"

Defiant in the face of repression

Police officers on patrol in Parliament Square after the Westminster Attack, March 2017 (photo: Reuters/N. Hall)

Rizwaan Sabir's "The Suspect"

Muslims post-9/11 subject to blanket targeting

Photo montage: Cover of "This Arab is Queer" (published by Saki Books; background photo: picture-alliance)

LGBTQ+ Pride

Being queer and Arab

Palestinian-British singer Reem Kelani (photo: Alexander Short)

Reem Kelani's "The Singer Said: Bird of Dawn"

Homage to the grand master of Persian music

Tamashek band Imarhan (photo: Julien Bourgeois)

Album review: Imarhan's "Aboogi"

Looking beyond the horizon

Sufi Mysteries Quartet montage, showing the covers of all four books. The final volume, "The Peace", is due to be published in 2022 (source: Laury Silvers)

Laury Silvers' "Sufi Mysteries Quartet"

Sleuths on a Sufi path

Part of the image from the cover of the album "Naga (Part II)" by Flèche Love (source: L-abe records)

"Naga (Part II)" by Flèche Love

The triumph of love and life over pain

Cover of the album "This Pale" (source: Lycopad Records)

"This Pale" – Rumi set to music

A celebration of the complexity of love

Still from Iman K. Zawahry's "American*ish" (distributed by

Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

Not quite the American dream

Poster for Islamic History Month Canada (by kind permission of Islamic History Month Canada, Kingston)

Canada's Islamic History Month 2021

Fighting "othering" on all fronts

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

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