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Taza, the Medina of shimmering words and pale stones

Taza, the Medina of shimmering words and pale stones

10/06/2021 by Nassima Chahboun The city of Taza lies at the saddle between the Atlas and the Rif mountains, in the north of Morocco. The medina (from the Arabic word madinah, meaning “city”) is the historic part that dates back to the pre-Islamic era and represents an urban and architectural palimpsest illustrating the succession of...

10 juin 202120 juin 2021
Embroidery as an intangible heritage. A Palestinian story

Embroidery as an intangible heritage. A Palestinian story

19/05/2021 by Shyrine Ziadeh “When I embroider, I feel close to my homeland.” Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, a Palestinian embroiderer Palestinians have a rich and fascinating history in folk arts. Silk thread and embroidery, together with an expanding repertoire of symbols, are known to have made their way from China to the Holy Land along the Silk...

19 mai 202121 mai 2021
The Suqs of Old Mosul: The complexity of time and space

The Suqs of Old Mosul: The complexity of time and space

12/05/2021 by Omar Mohammed For centuries, the Old Suqs played a crucial role in developing and preserving a socio-economic system that facilitated coexistence in Mosul. They not only served as the economic core of the city, but they also brought the different groups of Mosul society together in a complex but solid social structure The...

12 mai 202112 mai 2021
Hard Shelled, Hard Future? The Turtle Sanctuary at Ras al-Jinz

Hard Shelled, Hard Future? The Turtle Sanctuary at Ras al-Jinz

20/04/21 by Jonathan Bentham Nature strives for equilibrium. Every so often, it will go about this with a touch of irony. The Middle East is so often depicted in terms of its crises. Just north of the Arabian Peninsula, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a civil war rages on in Syria. Another war seethes at the...

20 avril 202122 avril 2021
Palmyra’s Reconstruction: Importance and Discourses of Authenticity after Reconstruction

Palmyra’s Reconstruction: Importance and Discourses of Authenticity after Reconstruction

13/04/2021 by Sarah Amawi This huge and complex heritage site has witnessed several civilizations throughout history from Romans to Arabs and Persians Palmyra is one of the most iconic world heritage sites. ‘Historically established around the third millennium B.C., acting as a major trading path on the infamous Silk Road’,[1] Palmyra – otherwise known as...

13 avril 202113 avril 2021
Hajj paintings in Upper Egypt, an artistic practice and a social marker

Hajj paintings in Upper Egypt, an artistic practice and a social marker

05/10/2020 by Servane Hardouin The murals represented various objects and landscapes seen by the pilgrim on his way to the sacred city; more precisely, they either evoked the pilgrimage directly, or they set its cultural and natural background An interesting feature of Egyptian culture is the hajj murals, colourful paintings decorating the walls of many...

5 octobre 20205 octobre 2020
Errors of the past, shadows of the present

Errors of the past, shadows of the present

09/09/2020 by Elie Saad, Local observer Paris of the Middle East or a Warzone  A melting pot or a racially and sectarian divided city  Switzerland of the East or capital of a ponzi scheme At least is was a city… As I am writing this article, trying to force myself to work in order to...

9 septembre 20209 septembre 2020
Two phares, not far. The story of Beirut’s lighthouses

Two phares, not far. The story of Beirut’s lighthouses

02/09/2020 by Elie Saad Light by itself had always guided us and served as a beacon both physically and spiritually. From the dawn of time and up until our modern civilization, the night sky has always fascinated mankind. This grimdark sheet, punctuated by tiny light rays beaming hundreds of thousands of light-years away, nurtured our...

2 septembre 20202 septembre 2020
How Covid-19 is affecting our Intangible heritage

How Covid-19 is affecting our Intangible heritage

29/07/2020 by Ala’a Baroun, Observer from Kuweit The new restrictions, social distancing, curfews and lockdowns imposed around the world in response to the pandemic highlighted how intangible heritage has a social, economic and psychological role in our lives.  Ala’a Baroun We are living in a time where a pandemic has largely impacted our lives in...

29 juillet 202029 juillet 2020
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