Afghanistan, art of resistance

Remembering Nadia Anjuman: One Day, My Hands Will Become Weavers.

Nadia Anjuman was an Afghan poet (born in 1980, died in 2005). She was born in Herat, a city captured by the Taliban in 1995. With no hope for continuing her education at that time, Anjuman rallied with other local women and began attending an underground educational circle called the Golden Needle Sewing School, organized […]

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Afghanistan, art of resistance

Remembering Meena Kamal: Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.

Hope is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson wrote a long time ago.  Where does it fly nowadays, does it keep its eyes on Afghanistan? Last night I read poems by Meena Keshwar Kamal (commonly known as Meena). I wanted to type something about Meena right away, but then decided it would be better to do […]

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art of resistance, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine

Remembering May Ziadeh: Ahead of (her) Time.

May Ziadeh (Marie Elias Ziadeh, born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1886, died in Cairo in 1941) was one of the key figures of the Nahda in the early 20th-century Arab literary scene, and is known for being one of the early Palestinian feminists. Ziadeh was born in Palestine to a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother, […]

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art of resistance, Israeli - Palestinian conflict

Remembering Edward Said: In the name of Humanism.

“Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history.” Edward Said The end of September (25th of September to be precise) marked eleven years without Edward Said, literary theorist and an intellectual who was a founding figure of the […]

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art of resistance, Israeli - Palestinian conflict, Palestine

Remembering Rachel Corrie: Letters from Palestine.

Rachel Corrie was an American peace activist and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. She was killed in 2003 (at the age of 23), by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during the height of the second Palestinian intifada. After her death, Alan […]

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art of resistance, Israeli - Palestinian conflict, Palestine

Remembering Mustafa al-Hallaj: The Master of Palestinian Art.

Mustafa al-Hallaj (1938-2003) was a Palestinian artist, a pioneer of Arab contemporary art, and a true icon when it comes to graphic arts in general. After the 1948 war, Hallaj’s family moved to Damascus, and he spent most of his life in between Syria and Lebanon. He lost 25,000 of his prints in Israeli attacks on […]

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art of resistance, Israel, Israeli - Palestinian conflict, Palestine

Remembering Samih al-Qasim: Travel tickets.

Famous Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim died yesterday, after a long battle with cancer. He was a Palestinian Druze whose poetry inspired people throughout the Arab world. He will be widely mourned and stay in thoughts and minds of many for a long time to come. Mahmoud Darwish, Mohammad Mahdi al Jawahiri and Samih al Qasim, 1969. /tumblr/ In […]

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art of resistance, Iraq

Remembering Al-Kindi, The Philosopher of the Arabs.

Ya’qub b. Ishaq al-Kindi, shortly al-Kindi, also known as „the philosopher of the Arabs“, was an Iraqi philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, physician and many other things (he started small revolutions in chemistry, medicine, and music too). Al-Kindi was born in Kufa (about 800 CE), present day Iraq, about 170 km south of Baghdad and 10 km […]

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art of resistance

Remembering Yuri Kochiyama: She moved mountains, quietly.

Yuri Kochiyama was a human being. She believed in humans, not in nations, religions, races. She acted on that belief. She fought for the liberation of all people. Born and raised in California, she was mostly sheltered during her childhood. It was one event that changed her life completely. Year was 1941, month December, the day when the Japanese […]

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