Culture & Society


After decades in exile, musician finds way home to Diyarbakir

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

After an ill-fated love story forced oud player Yervant Bostanci to leave Diyarbakir, he has returned to his homeland and says he will never leave again.

Tulkarm aims to renovate century-old Ottoman train tunnel

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 | Ibrahim Abdelhadi, Contributor

The Ottoman Empire’s Hejaz Railway, initially seen as Sultan Abdulhamid's folly, played a key role in World War I and later in Palestine's history.

Iraq’s legendary fashion house revived

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 | Wassim Bassem, Contributor

Despite pressure from conservatives and a lack of funds, the Iraqi House of Fashion revives its glory days with a museum catwalk.

Gaza’s little chefs have big dreams

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 | Rasha Abou Jalal, Contributor

Zad Al Khair, a local restaurant in Gaza City, launches a culinary arts program for children.

Bill allowing Turkish muftis to perform civil marriages stokes concern

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

Turkey's ruling party has introduced legislation authorizing muftis to perform civil marriages, a law critics fear would make it much harder to protect children.

Islamic writer's comments on smoking leave Turkish women fuming

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 | Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

Islamic scholar and columnist Hayrettin Karaman has angered Turkish women by questioning the chastity of those who smoke while wearing the veil.

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