Culture

In Amman, Dancing to Keep a Culture Alive

By / October 2015

Circassian dance includes acrobatics and long stretches of time spent on tiptoes.

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Make Some Noise

By / September 2015

Rachel Pieh Jones profiles a young rapper trying to make it in Djibouti’s fledgling hip hop scene: “Fahmi put out a cigarette. He said that he was out of sorts this evening. I was surprised at his mastery of English curse words.”

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The Luthier of Rubielos Bajos

By / September 2015

Bobby Rahe visits the workshop of Spanish guitar maker Casimiro Lozano: “Lozano combines the traditional methods of his famous luthier in-laws with cutting-edge techniques. His work making double-top guitars is unparalleled.”

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The Women in the Fields

By / August 2015

In Rize, Brian McKanna visits the brave, indefatigable women responsible for Turkey’s summer tea harvest: “‘Are the men lazy?’ I asked.A�’Oh, definitely,’ Serpil said.”

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To Kiss or Not to Kiss?

By / August 2015

“I’m at a dinner party,” writes Rachel Pieh Jones. “A person approaches, their cheeks shimmering with Djibouti sweat. The face gets closer. It is almost touching mine now. I have less than two seconds to process several things: gender, nationality, age, religion.”

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The Ramadan Drummer

By / July 2015

In Denizli, Ramadan sounds like the banging of Ali Bozdag’s drum: “People hear the sound, turn on the lights and say, ‘Ah, my drummera��s here!’ It helps stir a desire for people to fast.”

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