Revisiting 11th century philosopher-poet Abu Alaa al-Maari, in pictures

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Perhaps more than anything, Maaret al-Numan’s name sits on the shoulders of Abu Alaa al-Maari: the blind, anti-natalist, vegan, agnostic 11th-century philosopher and poet, born and buried in our embattled...
A decade of Syrian comics

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Founded in the wake of the Syrian revolution, Comic4 Syria brought together young Syrian artists hoping to make sense of the violence and everyday brutalities going on in their country.
Questioning ‘exile’

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In my mind and memories, exile was a remote and strange place. It was where the persecuted were forced to seek safety from arrest or death, where they were embattled...
Remembering my friend Bassel Shahadeh

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Bassel’s family and friends handed me a great responsibility when they asked me to complete his film, a responsibility that will continue to stay with me, like a mountain on...
Returning to Abu Alaa al-Maari in our year of plague

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Anyone who tries to create some form of art, I suppose, is plagued every now and then with cynicism and pessimism. Especially during periods of collapse. “Why do anything?” we...
Denmark is revoking residence permits from Syrian asylum seekers. This didn’t come out of nowhere

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As it turns out, the decision to revoke residence permits has less to do with the question of whether Damascus is safe and more to do with the question of...
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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad