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Manama Series: Business at Manama Souq l An elderly Bahraini man selling various imported goods invites passersby over to take a look at his market stall. Among the goods he sells are kitchen appliances, toothbrushes, hair combs and toothpicks. In Manama, Bahrainis work across all fields from taxi drivers to bankers and shopkeepers. Bab Al Bahrain (meaning Gateway of Bahrain in Arabic) is where the city’s souq begins and it really does provide a passage into the country’s innercity spirit as its peopleRead more

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Muscat Series: Omanis Make a Living l Ahmed – the Omani taxi driver in search of potential customers at the Bait Al Zubair Museum.Read more

Book

Recommended reading on Defining Arab Identity: “The history of the ‘Arab’ is a history of cultural encounters with others: in no particular order or chronology, the Greeks, Aristotle, Byzantines, Persians, Indians, Romans, Jews, Amazighs, Kurds, Africans, Turks, Chinese, Paganism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Aramaic, Hebrew, Napoleon, Europe, European colonialism, Empire, Marxism, socialism, capitalism, liberalism, Rock’ n’ Roll and much more; yet, it seems, all this common cultural universe, this cosmos of encountering has never stopped people from searching forRead more

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Giza Series: Post Revolution l Visitors on horseback around the ancient site near the Great Sphinx of Giza. The Pyramids of Giza received approximately 50 visitors that day. A dramatic fall in numbers since the beginning of the “Arab Spring” protests in neighbouring Cairo four years ago back in January 2011.Read more

Writing

9:08 pm: This is an empty canvas based on several different realities. Or perhaps, just a single one, at a given time, like a time of birth or a time of death. The idea I am succumbing to now is vaguely based on what this culture could appear to be in a painting. How trivial this fleeting thought, for the phenomena goes beyond framework, borders and diaspora, or camelback stereotypes.Read more