Archive: Culture & Dialogue


"Shelter" is a Beirut-based project that integrates a documentary on Bomb Shelters with space (a former bomb shelter). An audience-powered performance in the two-room shelter blurs lines between memory and the present, between image and physical surroundings in order to unearth a people's history of Lebanon's wars.

The Third Circle by Nancy Naous and Wael Koudaih

The Third Circle is an installation and a performance, based on interviews made in Lebanon with several Muslim scholars, religious leaders and experts in Islamic law. After showing them the video extract of a dance performance below, the duo questioned them on how this piece might be created so as to conform to Islamic law. The intention was to find out, with regard to both the dance and the music, what would be authorized by the Sharia.

The Battle of La Sagesse Street

Peaceful La Sagesse Street is about to experience an uproar the like of which it has never known before as the Beirut city authorities renewed the La Sagesse-Al Turk highway project. What is this project aiming to and why it provoked outrage and mobilized the forces of civil society?


By Delphine Darmency

Saving the Arida and the Union Building - Culture & Dialogue

What does it mean that the Union Building — one of city’s most prominent, if not the most prominent, modernist landmarks — is currently under threat of demolition? What does it mean that this vulgar investment culture also threatens the nearby Arida building? Anyone who has heard of the architectural pioneers responsible for these two buildings, will understand all too well how disastrous things have become.


By Mazen Haidar

Revolution and language

March 14, 2013 Language is a living being that is born and dies, that grows, evolves, spreads out, reshapes the mind, is rational, thinks, feels, guesses, deduces, takes risks, revolts, conquers, is defeated and loses, and one that endlessly destroys itself. How is this language struggle being translated in Syria today?

Graffiti and the Arab uprisings - Culture & Dialogue

When the graffitied slogan Ben Ali Degage (“Ben Ali, get out!”) made its first appearance in Tunisia, Ben Ali himself failed to take it seriously. How could he have known that the Arab Spring had begun and that the people of the Arab world had decided to bring down their regimes? The people rose up, and graffiti came to the public squares to help them as they tried to break apart the foundations of the regimes that ruled them.


By Hani Naeem

Rabia’s Free Kick

Tradition and Emancipation are two important poles influencing the societal acceptance of women's soccer in Lebanon. in this article, the author examines this influence through a number of interviews, observations and narratives.

By Florian Sonntag

An introduction to an existential anthropology

This article tackles many aspects of the Muslims’ lives in the western countries and their views about religion and freedom. In addition, the author Ibrahim Ramadan discusses how the west views the Muslims and what causes all these preconceptions.

By Sheikh Ibrahim Ramadan

About Memory, Lies and Oblivion

Memory and historical narratives play a central role in the mechanics of present-day conflicts. All sides aspire to preserve ‘their’ memory by controlling or manipulating the historical narrative in order to secure political power.

By Ilan Halevi

A New Islamophobia

Islamophobia, according to the author, is a growing phenomenon in Western countries. Drawing on prejudices against Islam that have deep in roots in Christian European history and thought, the phenomenon has reached unprecedented heights in the post 9/11 political discourse.

By Ilan Halevi

On Blasphemy, Bigotry and the Politics of Culture Talk

Following-up on his book from 2004 titled "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim", the author advances further arguments on how to better understand the "clash of civilizations" - including its distinctive European version - and how to best develop an effective counter to hate movements organized as political projects.

By Mahmoud Mamdani

'Orientalizing the Orientals': The Other Message of Edward Said

Arising from an interest in the study of the modalities of production of knowledge in and about the Arab region, this paper deals with Occidentalism, understood as the body of narratives and discourses by which Europeans and the US societies, governments and policies are represented and interpreted in this part of the world.

By Fawwaz Traboulsi