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Culture

One of the photographs by France Keyser in her series 'French and Muslim', the winner of the professional category.
The 2017 zenith Photo Award

The search for identity and the poetry of everyday life were captured by photographers in the zenith Photo Award, with the theme Islam in Europe. The winners were announced at a ceremony in Berlin.   

Cultural Space in Benghazi

In conservative Benghazi the cultural space Tanarout has become a haven from the war, a space where boys and girls can escape growing extremism and the rampant unemployment induced by the ongoing conflict.

Designer Khaled Bader drawing a mural in the new Tanarout centre.
Carsten Ast and Noha Khattab performing at a studio based in Berlin
Can Performance Art Help Heal Egypt’s Wounds?

Egypt’s turbulent last years have left its society even more divided. Koshari, a contemporary circus project, aims to bring Egyptian society closer together through artistic street performances.

The Roman amphitheatre in downtown Amman, Jordan.
Preventing and Reducing Violent Extremism

Cultural activities, artistic projects, the promotion of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue can help prevent and reduce violent extremism writes Dr Asiem El Difraoui.

Traffic in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. From next year, women will be allowed to drive.
Life in the Kingdom of Men

An interview with Manal Al-Sharif, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for daring to defie the kingdom’s edicts against female drivers, forcing her to flee the country of her birth.

Libya's Banned Book Launch in Tripoli
Young Writers Speak of Their Libya

An anthology of work from 25 young Libyan writers has created a scandal in Libya due to claims of obscenity. Now many of the writers fear for their lives.

Hoda Kandil teaching at a workshop in Egypt.
Tackling Discrimination Against Women in Egypt

Discrimination against females in Egypt is a common occurrence, yet conversation and dynamic workshops can help women – and men – see the problems more clearly and to take a stand against intolerance.