• language

    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.

  • night-series-155

    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.

  • ROUTES-banner-desktop-2

    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.

  • humourr1banner

    From political satire to absurd jokes, from cartoons to stand-up comedy, amidst the political turmoil, humour is taking new forms across the region.

  • fate1banner

    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.

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Melike Akova

Political Communication and International Relations graduate, Istanbuliote, currently working in HR. Street art and literature freak, with a hopefully good music taste. Speaks English, German and French along with mother… Read more
Chloe Benoist

Chloe Benoist

Chloé Benoist is a French journalist who spent four years in Lebanon and is currently living in the West Bank. She writes mainly about politics and social issues. Read more

Nektaria Petrou

Nektaria Petrou is an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Her work explores minority experience in Turkey and has been published in Al-Monitor, Daily Sabah, and Ruminate Magazine. She is… Read more

Hania Mourtada

Hania Mourtada, a Syria-born freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker, is based in Beirut. She holds a joint MA in Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University and has… Read more