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The Blues

of Arabia

Written by Edward Fox

Photography by Hatim

Oweida

The music known as “Voice of

the Gulf”—

sawt al-khaleej

in

Arabic—came from fishermen

and pearl divers who joined

tales of hardship and longing

with cathartic rhythms, which

today resonate from Kuwait

south to Oman—especially in

Bahrain, where the Ensemble

Muhammad bin Faris enthralls

audiences weekly with modern

touches on tradition.

Luxor’s First Local Lens

Written by Maria Golia

Photographs courtesy of Ehab Gaddis

In 1907, Attiya Gaddis opened in his native

Luxor its first Egyptian-owned photographic

studio. Based there, he photographed more

than 60 years of events and hundreds, even

thousands, of people, creating a uniquely

local visual record that his descendants are

preserving and making available to the public.

Travelers of Al-Andalus, Part 1:

The Travel Writer

Ibn Jubayr

Written by Daniel Grammatico and Louis Werner

Art by Belén Esturla

Our six-part series begins with a two-year pilgrimage by

one of the great founders of the literary genre of

rihla,

or travelogue. Over later centuries, his style was widely

emulated (and plagiarized), and today the rihla of Ibn

Jubayr uniquely illuminates a 12th-century

Mediterranean world of paradoxical complexity.

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Classroom

Guide

Written by JulieWeiss

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Events &

Exhibitions

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