Mashrou’ Leila is a Lebanese alternative rock band who rose to international fame from beginning as a student music workshop.The band deals with different aspects of society that are normally unaddressed in traditional Arabic songs
Musakhan the national dish of Palestine, is a traditional dish composed of roasted chicken that is baked with onions, spices and fried pines nuts, then served on Taboon bread.
An Egyptian cardiac surgeon turned political satirist, Bassem Youssef became famous after the January 25 Revolution when his Youtube channel “B+” became an internet hit. Bassem Youssef is one of the most influential media personalities in the Arab World.
There has been a surge in the presence of civil society organizations in the Arab world in the last few decades especially in countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia. Dealing with a wide range of issues like poverty, urban development, women’s rights, children’s rights, labour rights, gender orientation, political oppression, and cultural projects.
For centuries traditional Moroccan crafts have been part and parcel of the cultural, and the socio-economic fabric of Moroccan society. Covering a vast array of materials (ceramics, wood, woven fabrics, pottery, silver, copper and leather), they account for 27.5% of the GDP, with an estimated 3.5 million Moroccans working in the industry. The Moroccan government in the last couple of decades has embarked on trying to ensure that these rich historical artistic and spiritual traditions and skills do not die out.
Reading in the Arab World
Reading tendencies and patterns are complex and change from place to place. Fostering and sustaining a culture of reading depends on a varying number of factors like education, accessibility to public and private libraries, state policies, the publishing climate and the availability of new modes of reading related to technology.
Free Verse Poetry
The Free Verse Movement الشِعر الحُر is a poetry movement that began after World War II and changed Arabic poetry in structure and content. Free verse poems were favored over the traditional rhyming two-side verses and issues of social struggles such as identity, justice, and self-search replaced classic themes on love, pride, and lampoon. Iraq, the land of Gilgamesh (2100BC), Enheduanna (2285 BC), Zyriab (789AD), and Al-Mutanabbi (915AD) is credited for the birth of الشِعر الحُر