Culture

Old postcard image of Martyrs' Square, Beirut (photo: Elie Wardini 1995)

Lebanon′s architectural heritage

A race against time

British Pakistani actress, playwright and comedian Ambreen Razia (photo: Shaheen Razzaq)

″The Diary of a Hounslow Girl″

Bursting the bubble

The Silent University (source: YouTube)

Theatre and the refugees

Getting the ball rolling

Filming ″Dugma – The Button″: Paul Refsdal (left), Abu Basir al-Britani (photo: WDR)

Paul Refsdal′s documentary ″Dugma – The Button″

Push the button for Paradise

Egyptians queuing up to vote (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Book review: Basma Abdel Aziz′s ″The Queue″

Disturbingly prescient

Sandaraa, the Pakistani/Brooklyn musical collaboration fronted by Michael Woodgrad and Zeb Bangash (photo: Sandaraa)

Album review: ″Sandaraa″ by Sandaraa

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Fusion in the truest sense

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Hermann, Prince of Puckler-Muskau (photo: Wikipedia)

The Oriental adventures of Hermann von Puckler-Muskau

Prussia's favourite dandy

American writer Ali Eteraz (photo: Charles Mujie)

Book review: Ali Eteraz′ ″Native Believer″

Digging the dirt

Lebanese Indie rock band Mashrou' Leila (source: Facebook)

Interview with Hamed Sinno, frontman of Mashrou’ Leila

Flouting Arab pop convention

Baris Uygur, Turkish author and publisher of the satirical magazine Uykusuz (photo: Binooki publishers)

Interview with the Turkish author Baris Uygur

"Even we're lost for words sometimes"

Moroccan author Youssef Fadel (photo: private)

Book review: Youssef Fadel′s ″A Rare Blue Bird Flies With Me″

Behind the prison wall

Symbolic image of Arabic books (photo: Loay Mudhoon)

Arabic literature as a cultural asset

Uncharted waters

Egypt′s music legend Abdel Halim Hafez (source: YouTube)

Dina Hamza′s documentary film "Gaye El Zaman"

A daughter's tribute

Pashtun musician Ismail Khan (left) with former band colleague Junaid (photo: private)

Interview with the Pashtun musician Ismail Khan

"Music was the best resistance I could think of"

Photo of the author Evelyn Waugh, 1940 (source: Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, USA)

Evelyn Waugh′s ″Labels: A Mediterranean Journal″

Egypt revisited

John Baily and Veronica Doubleday in Geneva (photo: private)

Non-fiction: ″War, Exile and the Music of Afghanistan″ by John Baily

Without music, no humanity

The last German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

″Simplicissimus″ and the Palestine issue

Satire's timeless appeal

Author Rasha Khayat (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Book review: Rasha Khayat′s ″Weil wir langst woanders sind″

A life in limbo

Still from "Sufat Chol"

Interview with Israeli film director Elite Zexer

"Sufat Chol" and the Bedouin brides

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