The Secular Elements of the Islamic Republic
The Iranian revolution sought to establish an Islamic state. Officially, it got one. Unofficially, however, the process did not lead to the Islamicization of society, but to a transformation of Islam. This, in any case, is the theory held by the Iranian sociologist Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi. Mona Sarkis spoke to him - Qantara
The focus of my journalistic work is on socio-cultural aspects, mostly in German language media. From print to radio.
Here some examples.
Looking into the Blind Spot
Frequently criticized as they are, images that "orientalize" Middle Eastern subjects are widespread and well known. The Arab Image Foundation, however, presents other views of this part of the world. Browsing its online collection is a voyage of discovery, says Mona Sarkis - Qantara
New Kid on the Block
Arab countries have not exactly been conspicuous on the art scene. Now, however, all that is changing as international auction houses and Syrian art gallery owners are doing their best to make Syrian art the next big thing. By Mona Sarkis - Qantara
The Conservation Trend
Damascus is most likely the oldest continuously
inhabited city in the world. More and more private
persons are setting about restoring the
dilapidated Old City – the outcome in many cases are
even worse. Mona Sarkis reports - Qantara
Orientalism in European art flourished along
with colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Many of its productions are imbued with a
cultural arrogance that is still with us today –
as an exhibition in Munich makes clear.
Mona Sarkis went along to take a look- Qantara