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
With the new art season about to start, we spoke to curator Nursaç Sargon about her project Monitor Izmir and the decentralisation of Turkey’s artistic scene.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.
Youth have no space to express themselves in Somalia/Somaliland, says photographer and artist Mustafa Saeed. So he created one, in neon and black and white.Read more
“For birds’ sake” is a photo book by Cemre Yesil and Maria Sturm about Istanbul birdmen. More than a hobby, the bird lovers speak of an addiction.Read more
Diyarbakır, the biggest Kurdish city in southeastern Turkey, is more famous for its excellent folk dancers than its b-boys. But they exist also.Read more
This isn’t a zoo, it’s a madhouse with animals living in it. It’s not even a madhouse; it lacks the psychology of a madhouse. It’s an unfortunate union of an animal kingdom and a rundown infrastructure.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