Traditions

How did Zajal poetry practices become professionalized?

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Talk by Muriel Kahwagi . . . How did Zajal poetry practices become professionalized? Details Date: 6/18/2017 Originally presented in Beirut View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation revolves around the tradition of Zajal Poetry and its performance. It studies the dynamics, rules, roots, history and culture behind this artistic practice and

The origins of Arabic dessert

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Talk by Yasmine Saab . . . The origins of Arabic dessert Details Date: 5/20/2017 Originally presented in Dubai View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation answers the many questions that cross the mind of every Arab: When did the Middle East develop a sweet tooth? What makes Arab sweets so delightfully

Why did the Mamluk’s version of the playing cards endure?

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Talk by Serene Touma . . . Why did the Mamluk’s version of the playing cards endure? Details Date: 4/15/2017 Originally presented in Dubai View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation discusses the relationship between playing cards and the Mamluks. It explains who the Mamluks are, why playing cards are relevant to

The history and marketing genius of Egyptian Cotton

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Talk by Moayed Almoayed . . . The history and marketing genius of Egyptian Cotton Details Date: 4/15/2017 Originally presented in Dubai View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation tells the story of Egyptian Cotton, and what we can learn from the marketing genius and missed opportunities of this moment in time.

The wonders of Bukhour and its impact on the Arab World

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Talk by Bilal Ghalib . . . The wonders of Bukhour and its impact on the Arab World Details Date: 3/26/2017 Originally presented in Beirut View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation explores the science behind scents in the Middle East in general, and “Bukhur” in specific. It focuses on its economy,

Harem Women in the Abbasid Caliphate

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Talk by Dima El Charif . . . Harem Women in the Abbasid Caliphate Details Date: 3/19/2017 Originally presented in DC View slides here. View live video here. Description Many people think of different things and have different ideas of when they hear the word “Harem”. What does it actually mean?, Who are the harem

What makes Aleppo’s Cuisine Aleppan?

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Talk by Antonio Tahhan . . . What makes Aleppo’s Cuisine Aleppan? Details Date: 3/19/2017 Originally presented in DC View slides here. View live video here, here, and here. Description This presentation acts as a hands-on experience with Allepan cuisine, and how it came to be. This is made clear through a historical survey of

Arabic Proverbs

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Talk by Lamia Charlebois  . . Arabic Proverbs Details Date: 1/15/2017 Originally presented in Montreal View slides here. View live video here and here. Description This presentation demonstrates popular Arabic proverbs and idioms as an art form, focusing on not only the cultural and traditional aspect of the phenomenon, but also, the oral histories which are tied

What is Damascus Steel and why did it become a lost art?

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Talk by Dima Boulad  . . What is Damascus Steel and why did it become a lost art? Details Date: 1/29/2017 Originally presented in Beirut View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation answers questions regarding Damascus steel: what is it, how is it produced, and, most importantly, why has it become such a lost

Al Kahina: An Exploration of the Life of a Legendary Amazigh Queen

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Talk by Sarah Benrazek  . . Al Kahina: An Exploration of the Life of a Legendary Amazigh Queen Details Date: 1/29/2017 Originally presented in DC View slides here. View live video here. Description This presentation acts as an exploration into the lifestyle, battles, and legacy of Al Kahina, the Amazigh queen, and gives us background on