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Mariella Furrer

Mariella Furrer is a photojournalist based between Kenya and South Africa. Of Swiss-Lebanese descent, she grew up in South Africa and covers Africa, Europe and the Middle East for newspapers, magazines, books, nonprofit organizations and corporations. This year she served on the jury for the annual World Press Photo contest.
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Celia Peterson

Celia Peterson has lived in Dubai for 12 years as a portrait, editorial and lifestyle photographer, and she recently expanded into filmmaking. Her favorite subjects are “compelling either for their quirkiness or because they highlight positive human stories.”
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George Azar

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.
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Tom Verde

Tom Verde (tomverde.pressfolios.com) is a regular contributor to AramcoWorld.. His "Malika" series, on historical Muslim queens, won "Best Series" awards from both the National Federation of Press Women and the Connecticut Press Club in 2017. 

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Gail Simmons

Historian and travel writer Gail Simmons surveyed historic buildings and led hikes in Italy and the Middle East before becoming a full-time travel writer for UK and international publications. She holds a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of York and is currently earning her Ph.D. She lives in Oxford, England.
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Meridith Kohut

Meridith Kohut ([email protected]; @meridithkohut) has produced news, features and video photojournalism from throughout Latin America for numerous world publications since 2008. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Journalism, she lives in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Graham Chandler

Writer Graham Chandler focuses on topics in archeology, aviation and energy. He received his doctorate in archeology from the University of London and lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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Clive Foss

Clive Foss is retired from teaching history at Georgetown University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he collects coins and writes on Byzantine and early Islamic history, archeology and numismatics.
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Johnny Hanson

is AramcoWorld’s digital media editor. (@aramcoworld)
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Tor Eigeland

Norwegian-born Tor Eigeland has traveled all his life as a freelance writer and photographer, and he has contributed for decades to AramcoWorld as well as to many other publications.
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Brian E. Clark

Brian E. Clark is a Wisconsin-based writer-photographer and Milwaukee Sentinal Journal columnist who contributes to publications including The Los Angeles Times.
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Matthew Teller

Matthew Teller is a UK-based writer, journalist, broadcaster, and documentary-maker for the BBC and other international media. He contributes regularly to AramcoWorld. Follow him on Twitter @matthewteller and at www.matthewteller.com.
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Matthieu Paley

Photojournalist Matthieu Paley specializes in documenting the mountain cultures and lands of Central Asia and Turkey, where he lives.
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Norman MacDonald

When artist Norman MacDonald compared his own brushes, inks and watercolors in his Amsterdam studio to records of those in Egypt as long as 3,500 years ago, he says he “realized again how little the tools of a painter’s craft have changed.”
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Piney Kesting

Piney Kesting is a Boston-based freelance writer and consultant who specializes in the Middle East.
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David H. Wells

David H. Wells is a multi-media photojournalist based in Rhode Island and a regular contributor to AramcoWorld; he also publishes a photography-education forum at www.thewellspoint.com.
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Lee Lawrence

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Lee Lawrence writes frequently on Islamic and Asian art for the Wall Street Journal and cultural affairs for The Christian Science Monitor.
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Eric Hansen

Random House author and photojournalist Eric Hansen is a frequent contributor to AramcoWorld. He lives in California’s Central Valley.
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Helen Zughaib

Artist Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Her most recent solo exhibitions were at the Arab American National Museum, which hosted the full original series “Stories My Father Told Me,” and at University of Maryland University College and the Mamia Bretesche Gallery in Paris, which showed “Conflict Within.” She lives and paints in Washington, D.C.
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Elia Kamal Zughaib

Elia Kamal Zughaib studied at Syracuse University, and in 1959 he joined the U.S. Foreign Service to work in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait and France until his retirement in 1978. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Jeff Koehler

Jeff Koehler is an American writer and photographer based in Barcelona. His most recent book is Where the Wild Coffee Grows (Bloomsbury, 2017), an “Editor’s Choice” in The New York Times. His previous book, Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea (Bloomsbury, 2016), won the 2016 IACP award for literary food writing. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine and NPR.org. Follow him on Twitter @koehlercooks and Instagram @jeff_koehler.
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Caroline Stone

Caroline Stone divides her time between Cambridge and Seville. Her latest book, Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness, translated with Paul Lunde from the medieval Arab accounts of the lands in the Far North, was published in 2011 by Penguin Classics.

Hamid Triki

Hamid Triki is a writer and historian in Morocco.

Paul Lunde

The late Paul Lunde authored more than 60 articles for AramcoWorld. He was a senior research associate with the Civilizations in Contact Project at Cambridge University and also co-author, with Caroline Stone, of Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North (Penguin, 2012).

Hamdan Taha

Researcher and author Hamdan Taha is a former director-general of the Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in Palestine who has also directed and co-directed a series of excavations and rehabilitation projects.

Donald Whitcomb

Donald Whitcomb is an archeologist at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, where he specializes in Islamic archeology and the Early Islamic city. Together they co-directed the joint Palestinian-American excavation at Khirbat al-Mafjar from 2010 to 2014.

Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss is an education consultant based in Eliot, Maine. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies. Her company, Unlimited Horizons, develops social studies, media literacy, and English as a Second Language curricula, and produces textbook materials.
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Larry Luxner

Larry Luxner is news editor of The Washington Diplomat and a freelance journalist and photographer.
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Carolyn Drake

Based out of Istanbul, photographer Carolyn Drake worked extensively in Central Asia between 2007 and 2013. She now resides in the United States, where she has begun a new photo project.
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Ivy Johnson

is an illustrator based in New York, where she attends the School of Visual Arts.
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Deana Sidney

([email protected]) is a New York film production designer who also writes about food, style and history and regularly attends the Oxford Food Symposium. Readers of her blog “Lost Past Remembered” often come for the recipes and stay for the stories.
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Shahidul Alam

Alam is the founder of Drik Picture Library (www.drik.net), the Bangladesh Photo Institute, Pathshala (the South Asian Institute of Photography) as well as the biennial Chobi Mela Festival of Photography in Asia. He lives in Dhaka.
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Gerald Zarr

Gerald Zarr ([email protected]) is a writer, lecturer and develop-ment consultant who lived and worked overseas as a US For-eign Service officer for more than 20 years. He is the author of a cultural guidebook on Tunisia and numerous articles on the history and culture of the Middle East.
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Donatella Davanzo

Anthropologist and photographer Donatella Davanzo is a doc-toral student at the University of New Mexico who specializes in acequia cultures and systems as well as Southwestern Na-tive cultures and Route 66. She lives in Albuquerque.
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Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jarosław Dobrowolski

Conservation architects Agnieszka Do-browolska and Jarosław Dobrowolski are partners in the Cairo-based practice ARCHiNOS Architecture (www.archinos. com). In 2008-9 Agnieszka directed conservation of the sabil-kuttab of Mustafa III with funding from the Dutch Embassy and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC). She is also co-author of Muhammad ‘Ali Pasha and His Sabil (2004, AUC Press) and author of The Building Crafts of Cairo (2005, AUC Press); Jarosław is author of The Living Stones of Cairo (2001, AUC Press) and they jointly authored Heliopolis: Rebirth of the City of the Sun (2006, AUC Press).

Matjaž Kačičnik

Matjaž Kačičnik documents cultural preservation using traditional and 360-degree panoramic images. His photos appear courtesy of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (nvic).
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Ian Coller

Ian Coller, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. Born in Australia, he previ-ously taught at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, Australia. His prizewinning book "Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831" was published in 2011 by the University of California Press. He is currently working on a history of the French Revolution and Islam.
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Frank L. Holt

Frank L. Holt ([email protected]) is professor of ancient history at the University of Houston as well as founder and director of the Houston Mummy Research Program, to whose members and contributors he expresses his thanks.
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Amanda Kari McHugh

(www.mandakphoto.net) is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles and New York who specializes in entertainment, performing arts, events and people. Follow her Instagram @dnt4gethextras and Twitter @amandakmchugh.
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Andrew Dansby

(@andrewdansby) is an entertainment writer for the Houston Chronicle whose work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, NME, Men’s Journal and more.
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Nik Wheeler

Nik Wheeler (www.nikwheeler.com) first worked for Aramco World and Saudi Aramco World in the 1970's. illustrating some 20 articles as well as special issues on Central Asia, China and the Silk Roads. His book "The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest" was published in 2011.
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Jeremy Hance

Jeremy Hance (www.jeremyhance.com) is a US-based freelance reporter. He writes the “Radical Conservation” blog at The Guardian and is a regular contributor for Mongabay. He counts himself lucky to have met seven Sumatran rhinos. Follow him on Twitter @jeremy_hance.
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Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson (www.lifeonthewire.photo) is an award-winning US-based photojournalist who has been based in Lebanon, Belgium, Egypt and the US during his 35-year career. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works for the European Presphoto Agency.
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Fiona Dunlap

Fiona Dunlap is a food and travel writer, blogger and photographer. She has globetrotted for decades from successive home bases in Paris and London while regularly retreating to her house amid the olive groves of Andalusia. After writing widely on travel, art and design, her passion for food led her to create her first cookbook, New Tapas (2002), followed by The North African Kitchen (2008) and Mexican Modern (2013). Her articles have appeared in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, CNN.com and numerous magazines. She is the author of National Geographic’s guides to Spain and Portugal, and she has worked as a guest lecturer on their expeditions as well as on other tours.
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Beawiharta

Beawiharta is an award-winning Indonesian photojournalist. He formerly worked for Reuters some 20 years covering events across Asia. He is currently working independently for various publications and NGOs.
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Teresa Abboud

Lebanon-born and Atlanta-based, artist, entrepreneur and coffee aficionado Teresa Abboud produced her illustrations for this article using coffee, a spoon and brushes. She is the creator of her “Coffee Time” and “Teresa Afternoon” collections of art, household items and clothing. Follow @teresa_afternoon, and visit www.teresaafternoon.com.
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Sara Al-Bassam

Sara Al-Bassam is a writer, researcher, startup consultant and new fan of camels. She lives in al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
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Manal AlDowayan

Artist Manal AlDowayan works in black-and-white photography, sculpture, video, audio, neon and participatory installations that have attracted hundreds of women to use art to address social issues. Her works are in museum and private collections worldwide, and this year she was selected for a Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. She holds a master’s degree in systems analysis and design, and she lives and works between Dubai and her native Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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Doug Baum

Doug Baum has guided commercial camel treks in Egypt, Jordan, India and Morocco since 2003 and in Texas since 1998. This article is adapted from a paper presented at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He lives with his family and camels—six dromedaries and three Bactrians—near Waco, Texas. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @texascamelcorps.
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Kevin Bubriski

Kevin Bubriski ([email protected]) is a documentary photographer whose most recent book is Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War (2019), published by powerhouse Books. Other recent books include Mustang in Black and White (Vajra Books, 2018) and Kailash Yatra: A Long Walk to Mt. Kailash through Humla (Penguin Random House India, 2018). Follow him on Instagram @kevinbubriski.
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Felicia Campbell

Felicia Campbell holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern food culture from New York University, and she is the author of The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia (Andrews McMeel, forthcoming October 2015). She splits her time between the Arabian Peninsula and New York City writing about food, travel and culture.
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Kay Hardy Campbell

A former resident of Saudi Arabia, freelancer Kay Hardy Campbell writes often about Middle Eastern culture.

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Ana M. Carreño Leyva

Ana M. Carreño Leyva is communications director for Fundación El Legado andalusí in Granada, where she also formerly edited the Spanish cultural magazine El legado andalusí: Una nueva sociedad mediterránea. She is a regular contributor to AramcoWorld as a freelance writer and art director.
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Charles O. Cecil

Charles O. Cecil ([email protected]) served 36 years in the US Foreign Service, and he retired in 2007 to devote himself to photography and writing. His images are online at www.cecilimages.com.
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Sheldon Chad

Canadian writer and photographer Sheldon Chad extends his thanks to the many people he met while covering this story who contributed not only expertise but deep care about the forests and their country. “Breathing in the cedar forests for days, one can only be awed by our cultural and biological relationship to trees,” Chad says. He currently lives in Brussels.
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Paul Chamberlain

Paul G. Chamberlain, Ph.D., is a historical geographer who grew up in Kuwait, and he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, researching, writing and lecturing about the region. He teaches in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria in Canada, specializing in history, comparative religion, and current events in the Arab world.
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Lorraine Chittock

Lorraine Chittock is the author of five books on the bond between humans and animals. She’s currently finishing her first film, Rallying for A Wild Life—Keeping our Adventures and Wild Spaces Wild. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and at www.LorraineChittock.com.
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Ken Chitwood

Ken Chitwood, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer on religion, travel and culture. He is currently a Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Re- search Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies of Freie Universität Berlin. He is also a journalist-fellow with the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Spiritual Exemplars Project, and he lectures in Islamic science at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg.
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Art Clark

Arthur P. Clark is an assistant editor of AramcoWorld, editor of Al-Ayyam Al-Jamilah, the magazine for Aramco retirees, and coordinator of the Antiquities Homecoming Project for Aramco Services Company.

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Leela Corman

Leela Corman is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist. She is also a co-founder of Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida.

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Richard Covington

In addition to contributing regularly to AramcoWorld, Paris-based Richard Covington has written about culture, history and science for numerous publications.
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Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco journalist who has written widely about the Middle East, and he is the author of Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots (New Press, 2008).

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Charlotte Doughty

Charlotte Doughty is a student majoring in journalism and Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Richard Doughty

Richard Doughty is editor of AramcoWorld.
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Richard Duebel

Richard Duebel is a filmmaker, photographer and art director who has been working in North Africa and the Middle East for more than 20 years. His interests lie in culture, the environment and the applied arts.

Ingrid Bejarano Escanilla

Ingrid Bejarano Escanilla is a professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Seville.

Belén Esturla

Belén Esturla is an artist and illustrator in Granada, Spain.
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Banning Eyre

Banning Eyre is senior producer for Public Radio International’s Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide (afropop.org) and author of a number of books on African music and history.
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William Facey

William Facey is a historian and editor who has written extensively on Arabian travelers, British Muslims, the early photography of Arabia, and Arabian architecture and maritime history. After a career as a museum planner in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula states, he founded Arabian Publishing in London in 2002.
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Hal Foster

Hal Foster is a former Los Angeles Times journalist who spent eight years in Kazakhstan as a communication professor and writer.
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Jonathan Friedlander

Jonathan Friedlander is a historian, author and photographer, as well as an avid collector of Middle Eastern Americana. Formerly assistant director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, he works with the Department of Special Collections at the university’s Young Research Library. His collection can be accessed at www.oac.cdlib.org.
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Ramin Ganeshram

Ramin Ganeshram is author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago(Hippocrene Books, 2010).

Mae Ghalwash

is a Houston-based freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience covering the Middle East and the US for new organizations that include The Associated Pressand the Houston Chronicle.
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Jane Waldron Grutz

Jane Waldron Grutz is a former staff writer for Saudi Aramco who now divides her time between Houston and London. She is a regular contributor to AramcoWorld.
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Lucien de Guise

is a former head curator of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and is now its associate curator, based once again in his London hometown. He is the co-curator of an exhibition on East-West encounters to be held at the Brit-ish Museum in October 2019.
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Bear Gutierrez

Bear Gutierrez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo- journalist and commercial photographer based in Denver. After 10 years on staff at the Rocky Mountain News, he is now also a frequent volunteer mentor for aspiring journalists.

Raphael López Guzmán, Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales, et al.

Rafael López Guzmán, Ph.D.; Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales, Ph.D.; María Luisa Bellido Gant, Ph.D.; Yolanda Guasch Marí, Ph.D., and Adrián Contreras-Guerrero, Ph.D., are professors of art history at the University of Granada who specialize in the histories of Islamic art, Mudéjar art and Latin American art. This article has been abridged with permission from the exhibition Alhambras: Arquitectura Neoárabe en Latinoamérica, held in 2017 in Granada. The research and exhibition received sponsorship from the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife.
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Laila El-Haddad

Maryland-based journalist Laila El-Haddad (www.LailaHaddad.com) is the author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey (Just World Books, 2013). She frequently writes on the intersection of food and politics and is currently working on a book about the history of Islam in America, as told through food. Follow her on Facebook, or on Twitter @Gazamom.
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Peter Harrigan

Peter Harrigan is a contributing editor and writer for AramcoWorld. As founder and editorial director of Medina Publishing, his most recent book is Addiriyah, Birthplace of a Kingdom (forthcoming, 2018). Although his publishing portfolio includes numerous titles on horses, he is still waiting for an opportunity to publish a book on camels.
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Kate Hazell

Kate Hazell is a British writer, editor and fashion director based in Dubai. Hazell was the editor at Sorbet magazine, fashion director of Esquire Middle East and fashion features editor at Harpers Bazaar Arabia. She is now freelance and regularly contributes fashion, art and culture pieces to Vogue Arabia, Vogue.co.uk, Condé Nast Traveler and The National among others.
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Juliet Highet

Trained as a photographer, Juliet Highet lived in East and West Africa as well as India. In Nigeria she began writing and later edited magazines and books from the UK. Widely published on travel, the arts and culture, she is the author of Frankincense: Oman's Gift to the World (Prestel, 2006) and a specialist in traditional and contemporary Arab, African and South Asian cultures and heritage.
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Kinan Ibrahim

Kinan Ibrahim ([email protected]) is a photographer and information technology professional living in Tartus, Syria.

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Khademul Islam

Khademul Islam is a writer and translator. He is currently working on a nonfiction book forthcoming from Bloomsbury UK.

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Krisanne Johnson

Krisanne Johnson is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, TIME, and Fader. Johnson holds a Master’s degree in Visual Communications from Ohio University. Since 2006, she has been working on personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and post-apartheid youth culture in South Africa.

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Boryana Katsarova

Boryana Katsarova is a freelance photojournalist represented by the Paris-based Cosmos Photo Agency. She lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Eric Kayne

Photographer Eric Kayne is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in photography from Ohio University. He has worked for numerous publications including the Houston Chronicle. He lives in Washington, DC.
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Shaistha Khan

Shaistha Khan is a public relations and freelance writer based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She writes on travel, food, culture and topics that resonate with multicultural millennials like herself.
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Rami G. Khouri

Rami G. Khouri (@ramikhouri) is a journalist, internationally syndicated columnist and book author. He is a professor of journalism as well as Journalist-in-Residence at the American University of Beirut, where he is developing a course on the reporting methods of Anthony Shadid. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University.
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Rolf Killius

Rolf Killius is a writer, museum consultant, exhibition curator, ethnomusicologist, oral historian, radio journalist and multimedia producer.
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Vyvyan Kinross

Vyvyan Kinross is author of Information Warriors: the Battle for Hearts and Minds in the Middle East (Gilgamesh Publishing, 2019). He lives in London.
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Lisa Krantz

Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News and an adjunct professor at Texas A&M-San Antonio. She recently completed a year-long fellowship with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
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Alok Kumar

Coauthor of A History of Science in World Cultures: Voices of Knowledge (Routledge, 2015), from which article was adapted, Kumar is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of physics at the State University of New York, Oswego.
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Robert W. Lebling

Robert W. Lebling ([email protected]) is a writer, editor and communication specialist who lives and works in Saudi Arabia. He is author of Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar (I.B. Tauris, 2010 & 2014), and he is co-author, with Donna Pepperdine, of Natural Remedies of Arabia (Stacey International, 2006). He is a regular contributor to AramcoWorld

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Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein is a poet, writer, editor, and educator who splits her time between Chicago, IL (USA) and Stone Town, Zanzibar. Her essays on arts, culture, and education appear in Selamta, Contrary Magazine, Global Voices, Teachers & Writers, Mambo Magazine and Addis Rumble, among others. She currently edits for Global Voices Online and is working on a book of essays about Zanzibar. Follow her on Twitter @travelfarnow or visit her website: travelfarnow.com.
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Adriane Lochner

Adriane Lochner is a biologist by training. As a freelance journalist, photographer and travel writer covering cultural and environmental topics worldwide, Lochner spent a year in Kyrgyzstan learning about its culture, environment, people and the snow leopard. Currently, she is based in Germany.
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Rosamond E. Mack

Rosamond E. Mack is an art historian living in Washington, D.C. She is best known for her book Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300–1600 (University of California Press, 2002).

Ayesha Malik

www.ayeshamalikphotography.com
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Alan Mammoser

Alan Mammoser writes about cities, the environment, energy, infrastructure and planning. He writes the weblog www.warmearth.us.
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Rebecca Marshall

Rebecca Marshall is a British editorial photographer based in the south of France. A core member of German photo agency Laif and Global Assignment by Getty Images, she is commissioned regularly by the New York TimesSundayTimes Magazine, Stern and Der Spiegel .

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Don McCullin

Don McCullin is one of the most acclaimed photographers of conflicts and emergencies around the world. In 2017 he was knighted, and in 2019 the Tate Britain gallery mounted a retrospective exhibit. Recently he has pursued landscapes, still life and travel, which have come together in ongoing work on the fringes of the Roman Empire, including Southern Frontiers (2010), with Barnaby Rogerson.
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Seitek Moldokasymov

Seitek Moldokasymov is a freelance photographer based in Kyrgyzstan who specializes in nature and landscape. His work has been published in tourism-related websites, calendars and periodicals.
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Scott L. Montgomery

Coauthor of A History of Science in World Cultures: Voices of Knowledge (Routledge, 2015), from which article was adapted, Montgomery is a geoscientist, lecturer and affiliate faculty member at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, as well as author and coauthor of 10 books, three of them on the history of science.
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Lina Mounzer

Lina Mounzer is a writer and translator living in Beirut. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Bidoun, Warscapes, The Berlin Quarterly and Chimurenga, as well as Hikayat: An Anthology of Lebanese Women's Writing, published by Telegram Books. Her favorite way of listening to music is through earphones while walking in the city.

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Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan is a Lebanese American writer, agricultural ecologist and ethnobotanist who lives in the Mexico-US borderlands. He has been honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, the Vavilov Medal for plant exploration, and lifetime achievement awards from several professional societies. He has authored or edited more than 30 books as well as numerous scholarly and popular articles.
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Hatim Oweida

Photojournalist Hatim Oweida is also based in Dhahran, where he works as a staff photographer with Saudi Aramco’s Media Production team.
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Toni Öyry

Toni Öyry is based in Beirut. He works across the Middle East and North Africa focusing on extreme sports productions, branded content, live television and documentaries. 

Karen C. Pinto

Karen C. Pinto has researched medieval Islamic maps in collections around the world for three decades. She is author of Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which in 2017 received an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) award from Choice magazine. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, was a 2013–14 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Franklin Grant. Her own image collection of more than 3,000 Islamic maps contains many previously unpublished.
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Samantha Reinders

Samantha Reinders (samreinders.com; @samreinders) is an award-winning photographer, book editor, multimedia producer and workshop leader based in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University, and her work has been published in Time, Vogue, National Geographic Books, The New York Times and more.
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Alva Robinson

Alva Robinson is an assistant editor at AramcoWorld. He holds a master’s degree in Turkic Literary Studies from the University of Washington, and he taught English for four years at International Alatoo University in Bishkek, Kyrgystan. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Central and Inner Asian Dialogue.
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Barnaby Rogerson

Historian, author and publisher Barnaby Rogerson’s recent books include A History of North Africa (2012), and In Search of Ancient North Africa: A History in Six Lives (2018). He has also written guidebooks to Morocco, Tunisia, Cyprus and Istanbul. His day job is running Eland Books (www.travelbooks.co.uk), an independent publisher of classic travel books.
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Tristan Rutherford

Tristan Rutherford is the recipient of four major travel journalism awards while traveling among 60 countries in his career. Currently based in Nice, his work appears in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has authored two books about Turkey for National Geographic.

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Linda Dalal Sawaya

Linda Dalal Sawaya (www.lindasawaya.com; @lindasawayaART) is a Lebanese American artist, illustrator, ceramicist, writer, teacher, gardener and cook in Portland, Oregon. Her 1997 cover story, “Memories of a Lebanese Garden,” highlighted her illustrated cookbook tribute to her mother, Alice's Kitchen: Traditional Lebanese Cooking. She exhibits regularly throughout the US, and she is listed in the Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists.
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Mesa Schumacher

Mesa Schumacher is a science illustrator and animator and a regular contributor to National Geographic and Scientific American, and her work can be found in textbooks, infographic anthologies and field guides. She currently lives in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Mariam Shahin

Filmmaker and writer Mariam Shahin has produced and directed more than 70 documentary films, and she is author of Palestine: A Guide (Interlink Books, 2005) and coauthor of Unheard Voices: Iraqi Women on War and Sanctions (Change, 1992).
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Andrew Shaylor

Andrew Shaylor is a portrait, documentary and travel photographer based just outside London and has visited 70 countries. He works with a variety of magazines and has published two books, Rockin’: The Rockabilly Scene and Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

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Steve Shelton

Seattle-based multimedia journalist Steve Shelton has covered stories in the US, Middle East, Balkans, Central America and Sudan for a wide variety of news publications as well as nonprofits and commercial clients. 

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Andrew A. Sicree

Geochemist, mineralogist and science writer Andrew A. Sicree teaches university geosciences and conducts research for mining, oil and gas industries. He lives and works near State College in central Pennsylvania.
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Sylvia Smith

Sylvia Smith makes radio and television programs from the Arab world as well as reports from Europe and elsewhere that explore connections with North Africa and the Middle East.

Leonor Solans

Leonor Solans is an artist living in Granada, Spain.
www.leonorsolans.com

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Beliz Tecirli

Beliz Tecirli, Ph.D., advises on business sustainability and responsibility, as well as specializing in urban cultural development. She writes about art, culture and lifestyle in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond."
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Pamela Toler

Pamela Toler holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War, scheduled for release in January in conjunction with the PBS series Mercy Street.
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David W. Tschanz

David W. Tschanz has advanced degrees in history and epidemiology. Before his retirement in 2012, he had worked for Saudi Aramco Medical Services in Dhahran for more than two decades, and he has been a frequent contributor to AramcoWorld on the history of medieval Islamic science. He lives in Venice, Florida.
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Jean Paul Vellotti

Jean Paul Vellotti is a photographer whose work illustrated Sweet Hands and has appeared also in The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, Islands and more.

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Ramin Vellotti

Ramin Vellotti is author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene Books, 2010) and FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World (Rodale Books, 2014), and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Bon Appetit and National Geographic Traveler.

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Louis Werner

Louis Werner is a writer and filmmaker living in New York City.
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Jeroen Wolf

Jeroen Wolf is based in Amsterdam and worked as a print journalist and television researcher for Dutch Public Broadcasting until he founded his own video production company in 2003. He specializes in documentary work.
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Dianna Wray

Dianna Wray is a nationally award-winning journalist and editor from Houston, Texas, and the current editor-in-chief of Houstonia magazine.
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John O’Callaghan

John O’Callaghan is a former Reuters journalist who has spent much of his career working, living and traveling in various parts of Asia.
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Kitty Yin Ling Miao

Kitty Yin Ling Miao, Ph.D., is an artist, poet and scholar who lives in California and specializes in ancient Chinese bone and turtle (or oracle bone) script. She is author and artist of Brush of the Cat (artpalpitation.net, 2015).
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David Degner

David Degner holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University, where he also majored in philosophy. He lived in Egypt for eight years, where he edited Panorama, a journal of photography. He is currently pursuing projects in West Africa.
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Alia Yunis

Alia Yunis, a writer and filmmaker based in Abu Dhabi, recently completed the documentary The Golden Harvest.
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