George Azar

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George Azar is author of Palestine: A Photographic Journey (University of California, 1991), co-author of Palestine: A Guide (Interlink, 2005) and director of the films Beirut Photographer (2012) and Gaza Fixer (2007). He lives in Beirut.

Articles by George Azar

The Storyteller Who Listened

The Storyteller Who Listened

“I’ve tried to listen and understand,” said the late Anthony Shadid, the first Arab American correspondent to win a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. How he did it was no secret formula: time; attention; sincerity—and lots of notes.
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Amedi: Citadel of Culture

Amedi: Citadel of Culture

Perched on a table-topped, naturally defensive crag overlooking green valleys in Iraq’s rugged north, the town of Amedi is one of what were once nearly 200 historic citadels and one of the most intact. Experts at home and abroad are pitching in to meet the town’s newest challenge: preserving the history that remains and, at the same time, turning it into a much-needed economic engine.

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Listening to the Land

Listening to the Land

Tuned to low-impact design, local materials and how people physically experience buildings, the Royal Academy for Conservation of Nature in northern Jordan rises from an abandoned limestone quarry to exemplify the ethic it teaches.
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Kufiya Nouveau

Kufiya Nouveau

Once a traditional Arab headdress of white cotton sewn with traditional patterns in black or red, the kufiya is being pulled by designers onto the streets and runways of global fashion.

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Hike Palestine

Hike Palestine

With the wide wanderings of Abraham more than 4,000 years ago, 21 linked stages of rural pathways and back roads now make up the 330-kilometer Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil, or “Trail of Abraham the Friend.” 
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Beirut Sounds Like This

Beirut Sounds Like This

An alchemy of creativity and adversity, the Lebanese capital’s indie/alt music scene feels ripe for global gold. Find some of our starter tracks on page 22 to listen to while reading and decide for yourself.

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