Samir, a Sunni Muslim doctor from Mosul, fled IS and is now working in a Shiite Muslim suburb – but he retains a secret identity at the hospital.Read more
Realising how little he knew about the rural fringes of his city, Istanbul artist Serkan Taycan began mapping outlying areas – until he had created a 60 kilometres long walking route.Read more
More than a tool for reflecting what is, language is also a means of producing the real. It also has subversive potential – the ability to speak new kinds of selves, communities and solidarities into being, to resurrect mute narratives and resuscitate those that are running out of breath.
The night has a special kind of intimacy. A slower pace, a sense that time is moving in other directions. Places turn unfamiliar in the dark; people look different, do things differently. The night is a pause from life during the day, but also a world entirely of its own.
What alternative Middle Easts have existed, are existing and, perhaps one day, could exist within and beyond differently imagined borders? ROUTES brings together narratives that will (literally) guide readers down forgotten, hidden and potential paths to erased, obscured and proposed Middle Easts.
From political satire to absurd jokes, from cartoons to stand-up comedy, amidst the political turmoil, humour is taking new forms across the region.
For the first time ever, Mashallah features new fiction from the region: six emerging writers look at the ‘fate’ and potential futures of the Middle East.
When I first met Koray, on Burgaz island, with a coffee in his hand & a cigarette between his lips, he was grooming the horses slowly & gently.Read more
Discover this selection of photos from Jerusalem-based photographer Tanya Habjouqa’s series “Women of Gaza”.Read more
Champollion is a busy street in the middle of Cairo’s Wust el-Balad. The street is both residential and thriving with activity, lined as it is with car mechanics, workshops, sidewalk cafes and small shops. Champollion Street is also home to Cairo’s most famous koshary joint, Abu Tarek, and the formerly glorious palace-turned-boys’-school from 1896. As […]Read more
These black and white posters are from the gazino culture heyday of the 1960s and 1970s, when the most famous singers of the time attracted big crowds.Read more
Eating anti-capitalism: Gezi park protesters set a communal street table as the demonstrations coincided with Ramadan.Read more