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Giving Voice to a Multicultural Character: A Conversation With Anissa Bouziane

Giving Voice to a Multicultural Character: A Conversation With Anissa Bouziane

Writer Anissa M. Bouziane’s heritage in Morocco reflects in her creative output, from her experiences in film to her 2019 novel, Dune Song. We spoke to discuss her influences and her take on “linguistic polyphony,” a literary technique that combines the norms, styles and histories of multiple languages to enrich narrative.
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Flavors: Spinach and Lamb Curry (Sabzi)

Flavors: Spinach and Lamb Curry (Sabzi)

This type of spinach and lamb curry, called sabzi, is traditionally served with rice on Nowruz, the spring new year. 

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Art of Islamic Patterns: Mughal Jaali

Art of Islamic Patterns: Mughal Jaali

Decorative and functional, lattice screens have been produced in countless geometric forms across Islamic lands over centuries. In New Delhi one such screen, there called a jaali, offers mesmerizing interplays of 6- and 12-sided figures. Originally crafted in the 16th century, it can be drawn today by following our step-by-step guide.

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Berlin’s Transcultural Jam

Berlin’s Transcultural Jam

A musical wave has been swelling for a decade in the German capital, which one local analyst now calls “the city of choice for a new generation of cultural talent from the Middle East and North Africa”—part of the greater demographic shift that has made people of Arab backgrounds Berlin’s fourth-largest ethnic-identity group. In street jams, clubs, studios, concert halls and online, new mixes of musicians are blending notes and ideas into genre-bending, transcultural fusions. “What we as artists in Berlin can do is tear down the borders in our head and invite others to do the same,” says musician Jamila Al-Yousef.

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Sustainability’s Dubai Beta Lab

Sustainability’s Dubai Beta Lab

Expo 2020 Dubai closed in March after showcasing buildings and displays designed to maximize sustainability, one of the Expo’s top themes. Creative systems for power generation, water conservation and city planning all addressed global challenges.

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Quartering Jerusalem

Quartering Jerusalem

Nearly all modern maps of Jerusalem’s Old City show it divided into four quarters labeled Christian, Muslim, Armenian and Jewish. But the idea that gave rise to these labels dates back only to the mid-19th century and surveys of the city by colonial mapmakers—and specifically to the pen of a young British chaplain.

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Art of Islamic Patterns: Mamluk Rosette – Part 1

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Safi’s Search for Sound

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Surfing Morocco’s New Wave

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Art of Islamic Patterns Lesson One: Alhambra–Alicatado

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How to make Harisa

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Bahrain’s Pearling Pathway

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Sepak Takraw's Kick in Minnesota

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The Art of the Seal: How to Make a Cylinder Seal Impression

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A Meeting with Norman MacDonald

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