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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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Adel Abidin Preserves Historical Memory

Adel Abidin Preserves Historical Memory

Adel Abidin, winner of the fifth edition of the Ithra Art Prize, is making an impression with his intricate tapestry that weaves figurative threads of selective memory to tell the tale of the fragility of history.
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A Personal Exploration of the `ud: A Conversation With Rachel Beckles Willson

A Personal Exploration of the `ud: A Conversation With Rachel Beckles Willson

Entranced as much by its sound as by its centuries of history, in 2010 Rachel Beckles Willson started playing the `ud (oud), building enough skill to start performing on the instrument. She also became curious about its origins. 
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Flavors: Spicy Mashed Tomatoes (Tomato Bhorta)

Flavors: Spicy Mashed Tomatoes (Tomato Bhorta)

Bhorta or bharta is a generic term used in Bengal to describe anything that has been ground, pounded or chopped into very small pieces. It is a side dish almost like a relish, which is commonly eaten with rice and lentils.

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FirstLook: "In the Marshes of Iraq"

“In the Marshes of Iraq” — November/December 1966
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Meet Me at the Mudhif

Meet Me at the Mudhif

Dozens of volunteers joined together in Houston, Texas, to construct a mudhif, a reed structure dating back 5,000 years to the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq. To this day the hut serves as a town hall for Marsh Arabs to meet with their sheikh. In Houston, it also served as a meeting place—for some of the city’s 4,000 Iraqis and their fellow Houstonians to share insights into an ancient society and gain a sense of community.
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Arian Shehu's Vocal Appeal To Safeguard Albania’s Iso-Polyphony

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Art of Islamic Patterns Lesson One: Alhambra–Alicatado

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Horse Racing's Royal Cup

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Kanga’s Woven Message

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Masdar City: A Quick Tour

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Sepak Takraw's Kick in Minnesota

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