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The cultural significance of Moon Knight's Scarlet Scarab
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Moon Knight's cultural significance continues to reverberate across the Arab world. In particular, Palestinian-Egyptian actress May Calamawy's role as Scarlet Scarab has given hope to the Palestinian diaspora and helped counter misrepresentation.
Arab Female Identity in Lalla Essaydi’s “Image and Text”
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Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi's Image and Text, exhibited at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, is a meticulous inversion of the fetishised Arab woman. Her photographs allow for a natural, personable re-imagination of the female space.
Dove sculptures decorate the streets of old Damascus
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A series of sculptured doves have appeared in the alleyways of Damascus's Old City. The public exhibition, organised by a group of Syrian artists in collaboration with the Kozah art gallery, is a creative outpouring of grief, suffering and hope.
Nakba illustration
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Deprived of statehood in the most traumatic fashion, Palestinians have kept their right of return alive by building a dynamic and thriving national culture. Through literature, art, music, fashion and theatre, the Palestinian dream lives on.
Meet the Iraqi artist whose reviving Baghdad's mural culture
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Baghdad's creative milieu is on its way to being restored. This is in part due to a dedicated team of artists and architects who have helped beautify the city's architecture, of which Wijdan al-Majid is a member.
World Keffiyeh Day 2022
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A symbol of resistance or an emo kid's accessory in 2006? The Palestinian keffiyeh has a history that makes it a central part of Palestine's culture and must be preserved during and outside of World Keffiyeh Day.
Moon Knight still
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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.