Dream of Orient – حلم الشرق Wim Raven – Ghurab Al Bayn


During my visit to Philipps-Universität Marburg I met with Wim Raven (Ghurab Al Bayn – as he call himself, also for Raven means Ghurab in Arabic) the dutch orientalist who unlike many others still prefer to describe himself as an “orientalist”. He told me the story of why he deiced to study the orient. Below…

the People of Mosul. al Nuri Mosque, UAE and UNESCO


      For centuries, The Mosulis come around Al-Hadbaa regardless of their religious backgrounds. Al-Jami’ Al-Kabir neighbourhood (previously Darb Daraj) where Muslims and Christians lived next to each other and created their crafts and professions surrounding the mosque, and they established their businesses by this midmost heart of Mosul, as the Mosulis refer to…

Call for Papers – Re-engaging with the Gulf Modernist City: Heritage and Repurposing Practices (20 January 2019)


Details Deadline to submit papers: 20 January 2019 To submit, visit: http://grm.grc.net/index.php?pgid=Njk=&wid=MTYx&yr=2019 For more information: grm2019@grc.net Workshop Directors: Sultan Sooud al Qassemi Founder Barjeel Art Foundation United Arab Emirates Email: sultan@barjeel.com Roberto Fabbri Professor, University of Monterrey, Mexico Email: roberto.fabbri@udem.edu Abstract Long-time neglected architectural and artistic productions of the modernization era are now at the centre of a…

“Mosul Will Never Be the Same”


“Mosul Will Never Be the Same” An Interview with Omar Mohammed by Omar Mohammed published in MER287 In June 2014, the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) launched an assault on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Within days, the Iraqi army collapsed and ISIS proclaimed its sovereignty over the city. An anonymous…

وثائق داعش: ملاحظات في الاخلاق ونيويورك تايمز


نشر المقال في : جدلية 18 تموز 2018 مضت أربع سنوات على إزالة داعش لأول شاهد أثرى من مدينة الموصل في 17 حزيران 2014 وهو ضريح المؤرخ الموصلي ابن الاثير عز الدين أبي الحسن الجزري الموصلي (1160-1233)، أتذكر انني وقفت كثيرا امام ضريحه الذي مسح تماما من الأرض، كنت اسأل هل كانت الدولة الإسلامية (تعرف…

Iraqi Jewish Musicians 1962


the Jewish community in Iraq was known of having many musicians, but we don’t know much about them, I found some of their works which was dedicated to the Bible, I could not find the first name of each one of them. Their works is archived at Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Audiovisuel, B-13026. MUSIQUE…