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Building Cultural Connections

Building Cultural Connections

Since its beginnings 75 years ago, AramcoWorld’s editors have viewed architecture as an essential lens on history and a crucible for cultural connections. Early stories, in particular, added human context to a discipline that often focused on the form of buildings with little regard for the people who used them. In Part 4 of our series marking our 75th anniversary in 2024, we look at the ways these stories encapsulate architecture in the evolution of world history.
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Deep Dive With Eric Hanauer

Deep Dive With Eric Hanauer

Underwater photographer and writer Eric Hanauer’s work for AramcoWorld exposed an entirely new audience to the rich marine life of the Red Sea. From his home in California, he reflects on his four-plus-decade career.
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The Nonfiction of Naguib Mahfouz, Volumes II-IV

The Nonfiction of Naguib Mahfouz, Volumes II-IV

The late Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz favored nuanced portrayals that focused on how his characters handled events political and personal, and this contention is clear in the first English translations of his nonfiction writings from 1974 to 1994 reviewed here.
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2024 Calendar

2024 Calendar

Making positive connections has been the mission of AramcoWorld since its first edition 75 years ago. In the words of former Aramco President Bill Moore in Volume I, No. 1: “We hope this publication will enable us to get better acquainted with ourselves.” In the same way each month, we hope this calender connects to some of the people and stories we have highlighted over the past 75 years.
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A Land and a Camera: The Legend of Sami Kafati

A Land and a Camera: The Legend of Sami Kafati

By tackling often overlooked societal issues, Palestinian-born Sami Kafati’s body of work has shaped Honduran cinema even years after his passing.

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When the Mountains Trust You: The Photographic Life of Peter Sanders

When the Mountains Trust You: The Photographic Life of Peter Sanders

For more than 40 years, British photographer Peter Sanders has documented communities across the Islamic world. Sanders discusses his legacy with us, including his inspiration and influences over the course of his career.

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Azza Fahmy's Jewelry Shines With Love of Culture

Azza Fahmy's Jewelry Shines With Love of Culture

Azza Fahmy has become a legend in the world of artisanal jewelry from the Middle East. Her designs, now some of the most sought after in the Arab world and internationally, have long championed the history and culture of Egypt and the greater region with contemporary style, forms and vision—often with references to Pharaonic symbolism, Mamluk architecture, Egyptian modernism and vernacular cultures.
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Joumana El Zein Khoury’s Wider Lens

Joumana El Zein Khoury’s Wider Lens

Photography “speaks directly to your emotions,” says Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of World Press Photo, which holds the world’s leading contest for news and documentary photography. Since she joined in 2021, she has organized six new global partnerships to “be our guides” and diversify the images and themes that earn annual awards for top visual storytelling. And she isn’t a photographer.
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Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Bibi Zogbé: The Flower Painter

Except for a rare self-portrait, Bibi Zogbé painted flowers—exuberant and confident, as well as modern and symbolic, her paintings reflect her life between her native Lebanon and three decades in Argentina.
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