Tens of thousands of migrant domestic workers work in Lebanon. For them, learning Arabic becomes a tool for empowerment and freedom.Read more
Kists in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley have traditionally embraced sufism, and Sufi orders – or tariqas – have played a major role in structuring society and organising religious practices through collective rituals. One of their most treasured practices is zikr, the remembrance of Allah.Read more
A neighbour, a person living by our side. We may differ in manners and ideas of how things should be done, but we will remain closely connected.
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.
Vishnu Pasupathy documents architectural styles from the formative years of the UAE, and how they influenced the visual fabric of Dubai and other cities.Read more
Beirut 2012. The city is one big construction site: familiar landmarks disappear overnight. Lara Tabet shot the development through the fences.Read more
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
What is a stereotypical ‘Arab man’? Photographer Tamara Abdul Hadi took very different portraits of young men from across the Arab world.Read more
A year after the end of the war/revolution, the walls of Libya have exploded with street art – from Benghazi to Tripoli and in between.Read more