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Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature (photo: Ger Harley/stock Pix/picture-alliance)

Abdulrazak Gurnah's "Paradise"

"Freedom is not something they can take away"

Iranian author Fariba Vafi (photo: Nashr-e Markaz)

Fariba Vafi's "Die Reise im Zug"

Portrait of a mother

Performance at The Colony, an arts centre in Lahore, Pakistan (photo: Philip Breu)

Theatre in Pakistan

"I just want to dance"

Iranian photographer and artist Farzaneh Khademian (photo: Farzaneh Khademian)

Iranian artist Farzaneh Khademian's "Peephole"

Women living "life without a life"

Ilker Kilic, left, as Mordo, and Asude Kalebek as Rasel in "The Club" (source: Netflix)

Jews in Turkey

Netflix' "The Club" and Istanbul’s difficult past

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

"This Pale" – Rumi set to music

A celebration of the complexity of love

Roses on the grave of the poet Hafez in Shiraz, Iran (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Persian poetry in the 21st century

The poem in contemporary Iran

Preparing Medicine from Honey: Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides, 1224 CE. Calligrapher: ‘Abdullah ibn al-Fadl. Iraq (source: The Met https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/451400; Public Domain)

"The Book of Charlatans"

Mediaeval Syria's answer to Mark Twain

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

Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

Not quite the American dream

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist (photo: Pierre René-Worms/RFI)

Etel Adnan, Lebanese American poet and artist

A woman full of questions and innocence

Arabist and author Tim Mackintosh-Smith (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith

"Reading Arabic is a bit like playing chess"

Catalan-Moroccan author Najat El Hachmi (photo: Orlanda Verlag)

Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"

An irrepressible desire for freedom

Malaysian rising hip-hop star, SYA (photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Women in Malaysia

SYA, Def Jam's taboo-breaking female Malaysian rapper

Sitar player Hindol Deb (photo: Hindol Deb 2021)

Album review: Hindol Deb's "Essence of duality"

Beyond the exotic – for a new East-West dialogue

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