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Review: Marvel has had a chequered history when it comes to appropriating Middle Eastern culture and history, but under Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, its latest offering Moon Knight is a welcome, and thoroughly enjoyable, series for all to enjoy.
Moon Knight cast
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Marvel has bucked its own trend of orientalist tropes with its latest film, Moon Knight, directed by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab. The New Arab traces the media franchise's depiction of the SWANA region, and why Moon Knight may be a turning point.
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Film review: Bassem Saad’s effort explores the boundaries between experimental filmmaking and video art, while attempting to denounce Lebanon’s endless crisis as well as some of the world’s most recent social tensions
The adventures of Champollion: Revealing the secrets of the Pharaohs in the heart of Paris
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Nearly 350 pieces, manuscripts, and photographs have been exhibited at The National Library of France to celebrate the father of Western Egyptology: Jean-François Champollion.
A woman looks at a painting as Sotheby’s Dubai opens a multi-category exhibition spanning jewelry, rare watches, historic Islamic objects and paintings by Middle Eastern masters on March 7, 2022
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As Islamic artistic principles become more visible throughout the world - both in theory and in practice - Muslim artists have sought to represent and teach their art within their own localised contexts as proof of their cultural heterogeneity
Moon Knight music
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The soundtrack to Disney+'s Moon Knight has been an Arab musical marvel, but director Mohamed Diab's deliberate inclusion of mahraganat, the very Egyptian genre that the country's Musicians’ Syndicate seeks to suppress, is a significant statement.
You resemble me
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Dina Amer's film depicts the roots of Hasna Aït Boulahcen's 'radicalisation' with intimacy and empathy, exploring her tough upbringing and dysfunctional family in the Paris banlieues. Alexander Durie speaks with the journalist turned director.
Jihad Rehab
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Film Review: Megan Smaker’s latest effort is a highly controversial documentary about a group of former Guantanamo convicts who take part in a year-long programme of de-radicalisation in Saudi Arabia.
Traditional Uyghur music
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The New Arab speaks to two Uyghur Muslims in the UK who are preserving their culture and identity through traditional music and food at a time when China wants to erase it.
Comic art
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Back for the first time in three years, the Mahmoud Kahil Award for comics, cartoons and illustrations recognises the talents and creative achievements of artists from across the MENA region.