7 Incredible Women of Middle Eastern Origins

Women in the Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) play inspiring roles, excelling in numerous fields and showing the world how to get down to business. These merits and accomplishments are projected through the works and missions carried out by these women throughout the MENA region and worldwide. In basically every field and from different countries…

Learn the Arabic Language Right in the Heart of New York City.

Below is a comprehensive list I mapped out for my fellow readers who are interested in gaining the experience of learning a new language, in particular, Arabic.

Alexandria in the Winter

It is good to take some time off and unwind in the midst of the crazy hustle and bustle of New York City. This time of year, when the holiday season dies down, the snow melts, and spring approaches, I like to take some time off away from New York city, and preferably travel to a warmer location.

Interview with Filmmaker Abd el Rahman Gabr (Koree)

Interview with Filmmaker Abd el Rahman Gabr or Koree (Arabic nickname for Korean guy). In this series, I explore the talents of many multi-disciplinary artists who are interested in capturing stories through images and the true messages that lay beyond each photograph. I interviewed online Abd el Rahman (Koree), his nickname is adopted from being…

Lunch Time at The Rubin Museum.

What is better than spending an hour in a warm, small, yet rich temple-like museum, with Buddhas displayed all around you? And did you know there is a shrine and meditation room? YES. The murals within the temple feature esoteric images and narratives. The gallery presents full-scale photographic reproductions of some of the murals. These state…

Evolving Environments

Constantly shifting mosaics are nonetheless strung together by social media, communal identities, and urban rituals. How well are we able to know ourselves and our environments when confounded by blurred distinctions between architecture, technology, and the rapidly developing city?

Songs for Days to Come: Volume 1.

Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer Record Release Concert. Born in Damascus, Kinan Azmeh was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry…

Powerful Empathy #2

Are you empathic with those who face poverty, discrimination from race, gender, lgbtq, religion, global economy, and foreign policy? Are you mad at those at hands and in control of most of the world’s valuable resources keeping all selfishly to themselves? Do you feel disgust by those who share different values and do not see eye to eye with your personal point of view?

An Epic Night with Composer Mohammed Fairouz at Carnegie Hall.

October 16, 2016. “The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir inaugurates its 80th Anniversary Season with the return to Carnegie Hall – the Choir’s first performance in the storied hall in nearly 40 years. Eric Stark conducts the New York City debut of the oratorio Zabur by Composer Mohammed Fairouz, a piece commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis…

Islamic Art Section at the Metropolitan Museum of New York City

In this entry, I explore the splendiferous collections of The Art of the Arab Lands , Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia section at the Metropolitan Museum of New York City. I love to gallivant inside museums of this great metropolis in quest for art, religion, history, and identity that trace back to the…