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.
There once was a time when a journey from Haifa to Beirut to Damascus to Baghdad was possible for anyone with the necessary means.Read more
Valiasr, or “Heir to Eras”, is the longest road in the Middle East which runs through Tehran.Read more
Jad Baaklini’s childhood recollections of a taxied escape from war-torn Beirut guide us through a geography reconfigured by conflict.Read more
A ride along the erratic route of Beirut’s Bus no. 4 forces a confrontation with the untended tears that continue to undermine Lebanon and its capital.Read more
Tyre’s port was built centuries-old. This is a story about its fishermen and how the Israeli occupation interrupted their work.Read more
In 1872, the Ottoman Empire opened 100 km of single-track railway extending to Dobrljin, in today’s Bosnia. But Dobrljin is forgotten now.Read more
The Ottoman-Albanian commander Muhammad Ali did not leave the Balkans for Egypt. He brought the Balkans to Egypt.Read more