Online Middle Eastern culture and lifestyle 'zines
What was most interesting was how Marguerite settled into her life as the wife of an Arab. She learned Arabic, respected the customs, and settled in living in the wadi, or valley, including using donkeys, selling items to tourists, and climbing up the jabal, or mountain.
This month's spotlight is on Deena Mohamed, comic artist, illustrator, and designer.
The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor is the love story to Syria and her people, to her complex and rich history, her poignant present, and her hopeful future.
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This story hit me hard. I expected it to be good, but it was so much more than that. It was...a beautiful piece of literature that outlines the life of a Palestinian girl, Deya, age 18, being forced into an arranged marriage.
A wonderful read! I felt like I was listening to my baba's stories from his childhood in Syria...
Graphic novels are an intriguing way to showcase flavor, culture, history, and humanity. They're typically more digestible in one sitting than novels, and can have alluring artwork that features not just an artist's style, but the culture they represent. Here are some graphic novels that feature Arab culture and created by Arab-x authors and/or illustrators.
Forget Al Jazeera and WATAN, indie Arab journalism and news sites exist. Best part: they're honest and human. Here are some sites I've come across and some I follow.
...to celebrate the books that are published and that are MidEast-inspired, I’m crowning 2020 the Year of the Middle East Reading Challenge (YMERC).