Art, Music & Culture

Listen: Eleven-year-old Gaza musician plays qanun

Rami Almeghari
Gaza City
24 February 2015

Firas al-Shirafi was admitted to the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music when he was five.

Romance and adventure in eighteenth-century Palestine

Sarah Irving
11 February 2015

Novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah portrays Daher al-Umar al-Zaydani as a just and merciful ruler.

New Palestinian film documents final "destruction of the refugee tent"

Budour Youssef Hassan
2 February 2015

“Even if the entire government of Israel comes, I’m not going to leave my home,” says 80-year-old Yousef in Roshmia, a brave new documentary film.

Israel's conspiracy to invade Nasser's Egypt

Rod Such
28 January 2015

A new edition of Avi Shlaim’s book on the 1956 invasion of Egypt is solid, but not much has been updated.

Why Israel will never control Palestinian minds

Rod Such
8 January 2015

A new book describes how Israel tries — and fails — to quell resistance.

Rebel songs to rap: the history of Palestine's music

Sarah Irving
22 December 2014

Three new books help dispel many Western myths about music and culture in the Middle East.

Understanding why scholars get silenced for defending Palestinian rights

Marcy Newman
19 December 2014

Two new books provide valuable insight into why freedom of speech can be suppressed at American universities.

"Siding with life in the face of death": photographer captures siege on Palestinians in Syria

Budour Youssef Hassan
17 December 2014

An award-winning young Palestinian photographer reflects on life in the war-torn refugee camp in Syria.

Bombast with a side of bleakness in Open Bethlehem film

Sarah Irving
11 December 2014

Documentary centers on director Leila Sansour’s decision to return to the hometown she once resented.

Young Gaza artist bids to enter Guinness Book of Records

Rami Almeghari
Gaza Strip
5 December 2014

Muhammad Mahmoud Quraiqe wants to draw the most portraits ever completed within a week.

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