Camels are camels are camels

November 27, 2017

Camels are camels are camels While in the country for a couple of weeks, meeting with artisans for the online archive Atharna is building with Middle Eastern crafts, I inevitably crossed paths with many individuals from this long-standing community in the peninsula – camels. That’s typical of course, just like seeing a moose...

Jeddah’s Al Balad

November 10, 2017

Jeddah’s Al Balad ‘Al Balad is a unique place. This architecture cannot be found anywhere else. There are traditional high-rises in Shibam and Sanaa in Yemen also, but they are made from clay.’ Sami Nawar, the head of the municipality in Al Balad, Jeddah’s old town, stands on top of...

Arslanbob – of walnuts, mountains and divinity

July 28, 2017

Arslanbob – of walnuts, mountains and divinity There’s a road leading up from Bazar-Khorgon, a small and dusty town in the Fergana valley, the open lands connecting southern Kyrgyzstan, eastern Uzbekistan and the north of Tajikistan. It leads along a river at first, with houses and small farms on the...

St Lucia in Mannar

April 5, 2017

St Lucia in Mannar On the morning of the 13th, it was December and there was a breeze in the morning, people had already been up and gotten ready, put on new and crisp and clean-washed clothes, perhaps just purchased the day before and not yet worn only tried...

Bridging the gap for India’s madrasa youth

March 28, 2017

A new course at Aligarh Muslim University in northern India lets students from religious madrasas engage with critical thinking and interfaith dialogue to set them on the way to university degrees

Puttalam, with the very clean bus stand

March 9, 2017

Puttalam, with the very clean bus stand Anyone who has been to a fair number of bus stations in southern Asia – or most other parts of the world as well – can easily close their eyes and imagine an unwelcoming place, hot and dusty and very much somewhere...