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A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

A Life Full of Good Stuff: A Conversation With Photojournalist Tor Eigeland

Photojournalist Tor Eigeland set sail from his hometown of Oslo in 1947 at age 16, and he never looked back until he had completed his last photography assignment, in Tangier for AramcoWorld in 2016.
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Cheikha Remitti, Queen Mother of Rai

Cheikha Remitti, Queen Mother of Rai

Born in a village in northwest Algeria, Cheika Remitti sang high-energy songs of love, loss and society that pioneered rai music. Beloved by fans for more than 60 years until her death in 2006, her influence and popularity endure.
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Arab American Journeys in Film: A Conversation with Waleed F. Mahdi

Arab American Journeys in Film: A Conversation with Waleed F. Mahdi

“What does it mean to develop a complex sense of Arab American identity in film?” asks Waleed F. Mahdi, whose comparative and detailed analysis of three motion picture industries—Hollywood, Egyptian and Arab American—searches for an answer to that question.
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Reviving the Art of Tunisian Glass

Reviving the Art of Tunisian Glass

In the mid-1980s, Sadika Keskes fired up the first artisanal glass furnaces in Tunisia in 600 years. Since then she has revived a once-thriving heritage craft and, through her teaching, lit up imaginations among a new generation of artisans.
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Tackling Tough Subjects Through Children's Literature: A Conversation With Wafa' Tarnowska

Tackling Tough Subjects Through Children's Literature: A Conversation With Wafa' Tarnowska

A self-described "world Bedouin," Wafa' Tarnowska's extensive travels sowed the seeds for her new children's book, Amazing Women of the Middle East.
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Was Enheduanna the World’s First Author?

Was Enheduanna the World’s First Author?

Four thousand years ago she was a princess and high priestess in the Sumerian city of Ur in modern-day Iraq. She was also a poet whose verses scribes wrote down in cuneiform on clay tablets and then did something new: They attributed the work to her by name—and now Enheduanna is more famous than ever.

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Ons Jabeur’s Court of No Fear

Ons Jabeur’s Court of No Fear

Her hands have known tennis rackets since age 3 and now, 24 years later, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia is the first Arab ranked in the world's top 10. Each new title is also a break point in her longer game to inspire a new generation of young women.
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The Marsh Guide and the English Explorer

The Marsh Guide and the English Explorer

Amara bin Thuqub was a teenager in 1952 when he guided British explorer Wilfred Thesiger through the marshes of southern Iraq. Now 91, he is full of memories.

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The Muralist–Teakster

The Muralist–Teakster

At once playful and disciplined, Hatiq Mohammed—“Teakster”—uses traditional Islamic motifs, Arabic calligraffiti and deep colors to “join communities together” in public projects of collaborative creativity that energize cultural dialog.

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