Books, Blogs & Poetry

Jordan, Syria

We Love Reading; An Arab Initiative Making Children into Leaders

Fatima from Irbid  wanted to help spread the idea and the message of the We Love Reading program which is “fostering…
Palestine

Sard Spoken Word: Hand the Mic Over, Express!

  It is often assumed that those who are not heard are voiceless.  In order to be heard, one must…
Palestine

Refuge among the Rubble: Gaza’s First English Library

A library is usually thought to act as a reference service, a portal to boundless knowledge, or the center of…
MENA

Grab a book! MENA’s Most Ancient Libraries

What’s the one thing every book-lover can relate to? The smell of books and the smooth texture of the pages.…
UAE

Manuscript 5229: First Publishing House for Sci-Fi & Fantasy in UAE

The love for Literature is common in all corners of the world. So it should come as no surprise that…
Morocco

After 12 Centuries, Morocco Dusts off the World’s Oldest Library

In a world where eBooks and web search replace concrete libraries, the world’s oldest library still holds a critical value.…
Lebanon

Book Swapping in Lebanon to encourage a Better Reading Culture

Even though reading solid paper books has been gradually abandoned with the rise in technology, there have been many attempts…
Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Cross-border

2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award: 3 Nominees from MENA

The International Board on Books for Young People, otherwise known as IBBY, has announced the winners for the 2016 Hans Christian…
Syria, Libya, Cross-border

A Satirical Memoir Under Gaddafi’s & Hafez Al-Assad’s Ruling

For those who aren’t familiar with Riad Sattouf, the French-Syrian best-selling cartoonist and filmmaker, you may be familiar with his…
Saudi Arabia

Jahanamiya: A Creative Writing Magazine By Saudi Women

Writing, as a means of self-expression, gives power.  In knowing the strength and power writing yields, Jahanamiya was created, encouraging Saudi women…
Tunisia, Cross-border

eL Seed bringing people together through calligraffiti

eL Seed, a French-Tunisian calligraffiti artist, spreads messages of peace and appreciation for the Arabic script through his colourful and…
Palestine

WATCH: Leila Abdul Razzaq’s Graphic Novel “Baddawi”

In this video by Judy Suh, we hear from Palestinian-American artist, Leila Abdul Razzaq, as she discusses her graphic novel…
Jordan, Lebanon, Cross-border

Where to Find Arabic Books Online

Whether it’s because of censorship, scarcity of bookstores in the Middle East, or the fact that you don’t live in an…
Syria

Soup for Syria: A Cookbook that Raises Funds for Syria

With the humanitarian crisis happening in Syria, and the absence of international humane policies and agreements, individuals and organizations are…
Syria, Turkey

Pages: More than an Arabic Bookshop in Istanbul

With nearly two-million Syrian refugees in Turkey, 300,000 of which in Istanbul, the Arab population is growing significantly there. In an…
Iran

3 Blogs To Follow For Persian Food Lovers

They say that the way to any person’s heart is through their stomach, and let’s face it: every stomach loves…
Cross-border

4 Reasons Why Reading Is Good For You

Time has published an article written by Annie Murphy Paul about how reading literature, or books in general, would make…
Iran

A Photography Project That Shows A Community in Iran Few Know About

Mahdi Ehsaei, a German-Iranian designer and photographer, has created a collection of photographs that take a look at a community…
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