A Glimpse into Performance Art in the Muslim World: A Clash of the Profane and the Sacred

Cultural historians have often focused attention on Islam’s achievements in architecture, craftsmanship and calligraphy. However, except for poetry scant attention has been given to Islamic culture’s contribution to performance art: theatre, music and dance. This is partly because of the perception that Islam has an aversion to these art forms…. Read more“A Glimpse into Performance Art in the Muslim World: A Clash of the Profane and the Sacred”

Asia Alfasi’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’: Bringing Together Libya, Scotland, and Manga

By Valentina Viene In a world of opposing ideologies and intense scrutiny, critically thinking individuals must often migrate to an imaginary world to express their ideas. For writers with a message, fiction offers that free space where they can create their own scenarios and explore their own ideas. While new… Read more“Asia Alfasi’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’: Bringing Together Libya, Scotland, and Manga”

Soul and the City- words from graffiti artist Mohammed Ali

Interview with Mohammed Ali first appeared in the New Internationalist reproduced with kind permission in the December issue 2012. What are your early memories of Graffiti? Flicking through Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. Growing up in the 1980s, I remember how the book opened my eyes to New York… Read more“Soul and the City- words from graffiti artist Mohammed Ali”