Culture

A bronze statue of the Greek God Apollo is pictured in Gaza in this September 19, 2013 picture provided by Gaza's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (photo: Reuters)

Gazaʹs cultural heritage

The Palestinians' vanishing legacy

Illustration from "The Book of Exposition" (published in 1900)

The Book of Exposition

An archaeology of erotica

Photo by Charlotte Schmitz, from the series "I am beautiful, so beautiful" –  Cok guzelim, cok guzel (photo: Charlotte Schmitz)

Photographer Charlotte Schmitz

Between documentation and activism

The members of "Imarhan" (photo: Andrea Mae Perez)

Album review: Imarhanʹs "Temet"

Keeping it real

Bahur Ghazi (centre) with his ensemble Palmyra (photo: bahurghazi.ch)

Syrian oud player Bahur Ghazi

Hoping for a phoenix

Walaa Tanji, protagonist of the film "What Walaa wants", at the Berlinale 2018 (source: Berlinale)

Berlinale 2018: "What Walaa wants"

Against all the odds

Still from Umut Dag's "The German Child" (photo: Daniela Incoronato)

German-Turkish film festival defies the odds

Sending a message

Kurdish author and translator Kawa Nemir (photo: Murat Bayram)

James Joyce′ "Ulysses" in Kurdish

Across snotgrean seas

Joobin Behkrad is founder and publisher of "Reorient", an online magazine for contemporary art from the Middle East (photo: Joobin Behkrad)

Interview with Joobin Bekhrad, publisher of "Reorient"

Love-letter to Tehran

Author Samira Ahmed (source: Penguin Random House)

Book review: Samira Ahmedʹs "Love, hate and other filters"

A sense of not belonging

Still from Mani Haghighiʹs "Khook" (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Berlinale 2018: Iranian film "Khook"

When heads roll

Still from Karim Ainouz′ ″Central Aiport THF″ (photo: Juan Sarmiento)

Berlinale 2018: ″Central Airport THF″ by Karim Ainouz

Lives lived in waiting

Extract from the film "Sheikh Jackson" (source: YouTube)

Film review: ″Sheikh Jackson″

Pop go the faithful

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali (photo: Bachtyar Ali)

Interview with Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

"I only exist where my words take flight"

Soubhi Shami plays Elsewhere Bird (source: Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig)

″Der Vogel Anderswo″ – Elsewhere Bird

Nurturing empathy

Against a backdrop of Israel′s "Separation Barrier", women and men hold hands and dance the dabke. Their legs are chained together and a checkpoint stands between two of them (copyright: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammad Sabaaneh′s "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine"

Punching through the glass

A.R. Rahman′s ″The Sufi Route″ concert (source: thesufiroute.com)

Sufism and Bollywood

A glittering antidote

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Turkish actor Baris Atay (photo: private)

Turkish actor Baris Atay

Defy the dictators!

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