Culture

Memory Songs

By / March 2017

In a refugee camp in Jordan, a Syrian flute helps a displaced shepherd keep the past alive: “It took weeks to learn how to breathe in and blow out at the same time,” Jehad says. “Now I can play nonstop for hours.”

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Beirut, City of Lights

By / February 2017

One of the world’s oldest cities, Beirut is also among the Middle East’s most diverse, with sizable populations of many Muslim and Christian sects. Photographer Scott Lashinsky sends these pictures of Beirut’s many colors.

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‘We Don’t Sell This’

By / December 2016

In a Jordanian village, the Al Qurashi family has been making olive oil for generations: “Harun dumps the pulp into a pan and massages the mess with his fingers. After a few minutes he scoops up a fist-sized portion and squeezes it between his palms.”

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Who Was Hawa Tako?

By / October 2016

In Somalia, the ongoing debate about a national hero’s legacy: “There are two ways of remembering Hawa Tako. There is the woman and there is the meaning of the woman. The stories of our national heroes shape our histories and our futures. They become monuments of personal and collective memory.”

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My Grandmother Taught My Mother Who Taught Me

By / October 2016

Nellie Safadi teaches Danny Wright how to make a Jordanian culinary staple: “In Arabic,” she says, “the word mansaf means ‘blow up.’ People eat it so fast.”

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Dreams of Djiboutian Olympic Glory

By / August 2016

Ayanleh Souleiman is Djibouti’s best hope for an Olympic medal in nearly thirty years. Rachel Pieh Jones interviewed him about his hopes for Rio.

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