art of resistance, Syria, travel, Turkey

From Croatia to Syria (on a bicycle).

Three years ago, my friend Siniša Glogoški, photographer, traveler, a wanderer of the world, took his bike and rode it from Croatia to Syria (more than 4000 kilometers).

It was a journey of revelation – revelation of the unknown, of the beauty of the landscape, faces of the people, and everything that’s moving and vibrating around him, and – very important – it was a revelation of what’s inside, of the inner strength, of the will to continue (it was a hot summer, and being on a bike for a looong time can get exhausting).

Siniša did it. He moved his boundaries, went beyond. His stories about the journey are full of desert stars at night, children running, tranquility of morning silence… He brought it with him, and it seems so bittersweet remembering it now, when Syria faces such harsh times.

Be sure to watch his video, embark on a journey with him for five minutes.

And here are some of the photos.

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1962725_617223848332134_300289296_nall photos © Siniša Glogoški

For more of Siniša’s adventures and inspiring stories, visit his facebook page.

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Islam, travel

The simplicity of Zagreb’s Mosque.

I went to visit Zagreb’s mosque and Islamic cultural centre this weekend. I’ve been living in Zagreb for six years, but I never went there before, so – it was about time to visit it! Zagreb Mosque is the biggest in Croatia, its construction began in 1981, and had finished in 1987.  I like that it is very simple, and manages to escape the kitsch so often found in religious places.

I took some photos, of course, so – feel free to have a peek!

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art of resistance, Islam

Centuries old Oriental manuscripts revealed.

This May, the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts hosts an exhibition Riječ, pismo, slika (Text, Calligraphy, Painting) , presenting its biggest Oriental archive of manuscripts, collected for a long time and carefully preserved – from the transcripts of Qur’an to law books and poetry.

Many of these books are from 15th or 16th century, and some go back to 12th century. Beautiful calligraphy, illuminations and miniatures –  the main features of the oriental-islamic manuscripts are all present in these pieces.

I went to see this lovely exhibition, and – took some photos, of course. Enjoy.

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IMG_1713all photos © Ivana Perić/Middle East Revised

 

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