Culture

When Culture Clashes with Politics Celebrating Amazigh New Year in Morocco and Beyond

When Culture Clashes with Politics: Celebrating Amazigh New Year in Morocco and Beyond

As Amazigh people celebrate the beginning of their new year today, the Amazigh movement in Morocco is seeking to preserve the Amazigh cultural and historical heritage.
Feminist Thought in the Muslim World From Secular Feminism to Islamic Feminism

Feminist Thought in the Muslim World: From Secular Feminism to Islamic Feminism

Feminist thought has evolved in the context of the historical, social, cultural, and political norms of the societies in which it has originated. In the Muslim world, two major feminist trends have emerged in recent years: Islamic feminism and secular feminism.

The Art of Language: Celebrating Arabic Through the Ages

With an estimated 422 million speakers globally, making it the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, and a designation as one of the six official languages of the United Nations, the Arabic language is celebrated today on Arabic Language Day for its richness and cultural diversity.
Visa For Music Festival Returns to Rabat

Visa For Music Festival Returns to Rabat

Every November, a stunning array of musicians from across Africa and the Middle East convenes in Morocco’s capital city.
Empowering Arab Women through Financial Technology

Empowering Arab Women through Financial Technology

Although the financial exclusion of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has historically undermined the economic potential of the region, the recent introduction of financial technology (fintech) could play a vital role in disrupting regional financial systems, social paradigms, and gender stereotypes
Djinn in Muslim Culture Truth or Superstition

Djinn in Muslim Culture: Truth or Superstition?

Djinns are believed to be powerful, invisible beings, capable of possessing people and even inflicting suffering on them. Stories of human encounters with djinn are very common across cultures and history.
Brokk’art Dreams and Dreamscapes in Algiers

Brokk’art: Dreams and Dreamscapes in Algiers

At Brokk’art, an ecosystem of young Algerian artists explores their past, present, and future.
Virginia Community Welcomes Palestinian Al-Quds Festival

Virginia Community Welcomes Palestinian Al-Quds Festival

A recent Al Quds Festival and Palestine Trade Show highlighted the importance of events that promote cross-cultural understanding.
Théâtre Nomade in neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi in Casablanca.

In the Balance:  The Circus Comes to Town

Meet circus collective Théâtre Nomade, one of the troupes at the heart of Morocco’s contemporary and vibrant circus culture.

May Ziade: Arab Romantic Poet and Feminist Pioneer

Founder of one of the most famous literary salons in the Arab world during the twenties and thirties of the last century, she was one of the leading female figures of al-Nahda and one of the forerunners in revolutionizing Arabic poetry and prose.