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  • I Saved My Belly Dancer
    I Saved My Belly Dancer

    Publication: Reorient | Posted: Feb 23, 2016

    Youssef Nabil’s hand-coloured homage to Egypt’s Golden Age and the art of the belly dancer. Nabil’s oeuvre is an act of self-preservation, but also an act of preserving a history beyond that of his own: the history of a country and culture

  • Musicians Syndicate moves against ‘Satanist’ metal concerts

    Publication: Mada Masr | Posted: Feb 21, 2016

    The Musicians Syndicate attempted to shut down two “Satanist parties” held in Cairo on Saturday night, according to syndicate head Hany Shaker, citing a Western conspiracy to corrupt young Egyptians.

  • Berlin Hidden Gems: ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ Is Love, Saudi Arabian Style
    Berlin Hidden Gems: ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ Is Love, Saudi Arabian Style

    Publication: The Hollywood Reporter | Posted: Feb 14, 2016

    "I wanted to make a film about the disenfranchised youth, the millennials, who are more voiceless and have less political representation, less economic opportunities," says Sabbagh, who, like many emerging Saudi creatives, cut his teeth making YouTube videos. "It’s also about censorship, the layers of censorship and authority."

  • New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, The Question of Judeo-Arabic

    Publication: Jadaliyya | Posted: Jan 20, 2016

    This essay revolves around a very personal question for me -- the name of the language I spoke with my grandparents and parents. Baghdadi-Jews like my family spoke the language, first in Iraq, then in Israel, and later in the US. For us, it was simply Arabic, although we also knew of course that it was a dialect, a specific form of an ‘amiyya; in our case, Iraqi, Baghdadi, Jewish Arabic. Within the Jewish-Baghdadi dialect itself, we commonly referred to it as haki mal yihud (the speech of the Jews) in contrast to the neighboring dialect, haki mal aslam (the speech of the Muslims).

  • Drifting Away: De-Occupying the Palestinian Self
    Drifting Away: De-Occupying the Palestinian Self

    Publication: Jadaliyya | Posted: Jan 15, 2016

    Review of Speed Sisters, directed by Amber Fares. Palestine, 2015

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