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Tashkent’s Underground Masterpieces

In Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, the subway system offers more than practical travel. Called Toshkent Metropoliteni, or the Metro for short, it also transports passengers on a symbolic journey through Uzbek history. Each of its 29 stations was designed by an individual artist, and together they honor a pantheon of cultural heroes—writers, composers, scientists and more—as well as historic resources such as cotton and almonds. As breathtaking as they are informative, each metro station is a chapter in a story told in tileworks, murals and mosaics amid elegantly thematic lighting and architecture.
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Tashkent’s Underground Masterpieces

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Mappila Rhythms, Monsoon Connections

It was mainly the pepper in Kerala, at the southwest tip of India, that lured early traders to ride seasonal monsoon winds across the Arabian Sea. With the mariners came music that mixed with Keralan sounds to become the complex, percussion-driven traditions of today’s Mappila culture.
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Mappila Rhythms, Monsoon Connections

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Green Mosques Generate Positive Energy

From Jordan and Morocco to Indonesia, the uk and more, communities and governments are supporting eco mosques. The goals: education and thrift. “We want to lead by example,” says the manager of Masjid Az-Zikra in Indonesia.
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Green Mosques Generate Positive Energy

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Disease Detectives of Lebanon

Dropping into bat caves to examine and swab their inhabitants is a day’s work for the epidemiologists at the Beirut-based biomedical research lab Human Link, whose sleuthing in 2012 helped fight mers. Now they are on the case to help the world find a vaccine to prevent covid-19.
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Disease Detectives of Lebanon

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Mohammed Khoja's History and Harmony

Designer Mohamed Khoja named his latest collection Al Ula after the city in Saudi Arabia that last year hosted the Desert X festival and 2,000 years ago hosted the Nabateans, whose iconic monuments now serve as his inspirational motifs.

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Mohammed Khoja's History and Harmony

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Prince of Enchantment: The 'Ud

Often regarded as the forerunner and name- sake of the European lute, the ‘ud (oud), is among the world’s oldest continuously played string instruments. In Arab and other musical traditions, its deeply resonant, emotionally evocative tones earned it, over the centuries, the sobriquet amir al-tararb.
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Prince of Enchantment: The 'Ud

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Introduction to the 'Ud with John Vergara

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Sepak Takraw's Kick in Minnesota

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Safi’s Search for Sound

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How To Use an Astrolabe

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Ithra: A House For the World

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