Topic: Arab culture

Umm Sameh peforms the music and dance ritual known as "zar", traditionally performed to ward off or exorcise jinn or evil spirits (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egypt

Ancient 'zar' ritual puts exorcism on stage

French-language daily Liberte was discontinued last week, three decades after its founding. The editors bid farewell with the title: "Thank you and goodbye" (photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP)

France's colonial legacy

Algerians turn away from French

Algerian ethnologist and poet Habib Tengour (photo: private)

Book fair in Algiers

Habib Tengour and the "Poems of the World"

A street in Cairo with Ramadan lights and lanterns at night (photo: Zuma Wire/imago)

Middle East

Ukraine overshadows Ramadan 2022

A man assembles pages together to be glued into a volume at a workshop for restoring copies of the Holy Koran, Islam's holy book -- an increasingly popular practice as the price of new Korans goes up in Libya (photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP)

Preserving the Word of Allah

Libyan artisans restore old Korans for Ramadan

Lebanese female metal band "Slave to Sirens" (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Filming Lebanon’s all-women metal band "Slave to Sirens"

Heavy metal combats the Beirut blues

Nobel Prize for Literature winner Abdulrazak Gurnah is from Zanzibar, has lived in the UK since he was 18 (photo: Matt Dunham/AP/picture-alliance)

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah

Exile, migration and the art of writing

Stray cat stares at a takeaway menu in Istanbul, Turkey (photo: Volkan Kisa)

Cat capital Istanbul

What to do about Turkey's strays?

e Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer has erected a statue made of broken glass, pieces of metal and debris opposite the explosion site at the harbour. The clock shows the time of the explosion: 6.08 pm (photo: Andrea Backhaus)

Explosion in Lebanon

The soul of the city – Beirut's cultural decline

Fehmi Jadaane is one of the Arab world's leading intellectuals, philosophers and reform thinkers. He lectures in Islamic philosophy in Jordan, France and Kuwait and has published numerous books on political thought in Islam (photo: screenshot Alaraby TV/YouTube)

Interview with pioneering Islamic thinker Fehmi Jadaane

What is the essence of Islam, and does it need reforming?

Comic strip from "The archive as a battlefront" by Rawand Issa (photo: Rawand Issa)

Lebanese comic artist Rawand Issa and "Not from Mars"

Being illegal is unbearable

Islamic scholar Peter Heine (source: Klaus Wagenbach Verlag)

Book review: Peter Heineʹs "The Culinary Crescent"

Pepper... a universally-used condiment

Arabic cultural cafe Naqsh (photo: Hakim Khatib/MPC Journal)

″Naqsh″ – the Arabic cultural cafe

Amman's bridge builders

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