It is often the case that the 'other', to use Edward Said's metaphor, is sidelined in artistic and architectural discourse. We find little more than token mentions of Islamic art and architecture in the canons of 20th century modernism, and the spatial implications of philosophical works by Ibn al-Haytham for example, are for the greater part unheard of in the West. It is comforting therefore to see the continued success of Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who spent much of her life in the West struggling as an Arab 'other'.
The Dubai Film Connection, the co-production market of the Dubai International Film Festival, has selected 15 new regional film projects for potential production support from over 130 submissions from Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Algeria, Syria and Iraq, among other regional markets.
The second day of Eid El Fitr in Zliten is a day awaited for throughout the whole year, even more than the first day, all in anticipation for al-Mazaar festival. This annual festival is exclusively in Zliten and takes place during both Eid El Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, but is primarily known best for former celebrations.
As a reminder that the looting of Iraq's heritage has hardly been restricted to the militant thieves who pillaged the Iraqi National Museum after the 2003 American invasion, the United States has repatriated a group of objects, some of which were apparently taken as war booty, and others that reflect the region's history of artifact smuggling.
The world’s leading art business Christie’s will host a public art exhibition in Doha from October 3 to 5 at The Four Seasons Hotel, showing highlights of modern Middle Eastern art, it was announced yesterday.
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