Dubai: Artworks on Syria’s history and diversity on show — Gulf News com

Dubai: Artefacts and artworks depicting Syria’s history in the ‘And the Conversation Continues, Syria: A Living History From the Atassi Collection,’ art exhibition were on display in the Ismaili Centre Dubai. The exhibition marks the fourth year of partnership between Art Dubai, The Aga Khan Museum, the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai and the…

Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum bringing together more than 5,000 years of art for its exhibit, Syria: A Living History — Inside Toronto com

Submitted photo: Aga Khan Exhibit The Aga Khan Museum’s newest exhibition, Syria: A Living History, will open Saturday, Oct. 15. (…) “We hope that a better appreciation of Syria’s priceless contributions to the world’s heritage over five millennia will add urgency to the efforts to bring about peace and reconciliation in that country,” Aga Khan Museum…

Weltkulturerbe: Aleppos Schicksal auf der Kippe. article in German with many photos on Syrian heritage (Aleppo’s fate is on the brink, German city planner can save the city)

Der syrische Bürgerkrieg hat das Weltkulturerbe Aleppo weitgehend zerstört. Experten fordern – trotz Krieg- schon jetzt den Wiederaufbau. Ansonsten könnte der Stadt das Schicksal eines arabischen Disneylands drohen. Kilometerlange Bazare, eine der größten und prächtigsten Moscheen der Welt, eines der florierendsten Geschäftszentren mitten im Nahen Osten – das war Aleppo bis Ende 2011. Dann kam…

Documenting Syria

Originally posted on Russell Chapman:
I have spent a month in Syria looking at the war in order to understand why this war is happening. At the moment I am in the process of writing about my experience. I had the opportunity to talk to many people from political, military and humanitarian wings of the…

Who are the Iraqi Kurds? —Research by PEW Research org plus video on the pluralistic and diverse Kurds throughout the History and other related information

In the continuing conflict in Iraq, Kurds frequently are mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as one of the key groups involved in power struggles for which sharp religious divides have played a major part. But while the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not…

Absence of pluralism forcing millions to flee, says António Guterres — The Ismaili article on United Nations High Commissioner’s Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat,Canada

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres delivers the 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo: Courtesy of the Global Centre for Pluralism The growing diversity of populations in countries around the world is a fact, according to António Guterres, yet for some it is a source of discomfort….

Saudi Arabia and Israel Linked in Opposition to Democratic Revolutions (3/3) — A Real News video talking with Prof. Hamid Dabashi

  Bio Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He wrote his dissertation on Max Weber’s theory of charismatic…

Christmas in Turkey — Al Monitor com article

A statue of “Noel Baba” stands in Demre, a district of the southern town of Antalya. (photo by panoramio.com/Ahmet Sertturk) (…) Turkey used to be the center of Orthodox Christianity, and according to government records, there are now 349 functioning churches in Turkey. Yet, not only the number of Christians but also the number of…