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The rituals of the spring equinox offer hope for new beginnings in troubled times.
The West Bank’s de facto capital has boomed in recent years, but still fails to inspire.
Iraq’s mythical marshes survived Saddam Hussein, but can they survive climate change?
Separate celebrations for women and men mean opportunities for female photographers in Iran.
By staging the stories of child refugees, a photographer gives a new perspective to an old issue.
Years of violence and neglect have taken a toll on Baghdad Central Station, but one train conductor hopes for better days.
A conversation with Naomi Duguid on her travels through Iran, gastro-nationalism, and the right way to eat a pomegranate.
Tourism is booming, and millions of Iranians are re-discovering the seductions of their northern Caspian Sea coast.
In Kabul, a dispute over the future of a grand but bullet-ridden palace reflects Afghanistan's divisions over whether to bury or memorialize its turbulent history.
Will outlaw motorcycle gangs threaten Lebanon’s booming biker scene?
For those who can't afford the Hajj, there's always the Umrah pilgrimage
From Lebanon to Palestine, a small but vibrant craft beer movement is emerging—and disrupting the culture
The High Holy Days, apocalyptic portents, and civil unrest: just another trip to the Holy Land.
Afghans risk lashes and jail time to continue a tradition that offers a welcome escape from harsh realities.
Treating the emotional aftermath of three decades of bloodshed in Afghanistan
In a war-torn country, men risk their lives in pursuit of a delicacy.
A group of photographers from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and elsewhere provides an unusual example of cooperation across the Green Line
As battles rage on, a photographer returns to a country in ruins, where—somehow—hope remains
The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is a cacophonously cosmopolitan mix of cultures.
An excerpt from Rod Nordland’s “The Lovers,” a true story of forbidden romance in Afghanistan
A veteran deals with the consequences of war with a powerful and personal photo book.
The Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar has been recaptured from ISIS, but it’s a long way from back to normal.
Over the past year, photographers from the agency Metrography have been working on a collaborative project that documents the crisis of displacement inside Iraqi Kurdistan.
Photographing Afghanistan's new middle class and the impossible reconstruction of a city.
The struggling Syriac community is hoping that renewed interest in Aramaic could help their flagging culture endure.
Decoding Tunisia's ancient capital, where pedestrians do not have the right of way but you can smother your food with harissa and party with Italian nuns.
The city of Bethlehem wants the world to know it's more than a Biblical theme park.
A flood of immigrants over the last three decades has resulted in a thriving, mouth watering Ethiopian culinary scene in Israel’s holiest city
A photographer’s odyssey to cover an escalating conflict.
Dizi, a beloved lamb and bean stew, has gone mainstream and upscale in Tehran. But it will always be the meal of the common people.
Young foodies and immigrants are defying Israel’s deepest culinary taboo.
In Lebanon, Not Even Construction Projects Are Immune To Sectarian Disputes
The Wakhan is as close to a tourist destination as you’re likely to find in Afghanistan, and an entirely worthy one at that.
Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
The country’s plan to build a shiny new capital in the desert is one of a string of dubious megacity projects.
Displaced by Iraq's new crises and the advance of ISIS, a Sunni and a Christian family have found peace living in the same house in Kirkuk.
Dubai’s Comic Con draws 50,000 fans and cult figures like William Shatner and Gillian Anderson. But the real attraction is the futuristic city’s homegrown talent.
The chaotic subway system is a lifeline for the city’s marginalized poor—and increasingly caught up in politics
To curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.
Ever since Kurdish fighters pushed back against ISIS last summer, the media has struggled to pinpoint exactly who the peshmerga are. Over the course of six months, Jacob…
A year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
The French photographer documents Iran's vibrant art world and the creativity triggered by restriction.
In Egypt’s frontier, a centuries-old code of tribal law is losing its sway
Around 100,000 Sahrawis live as refugees in the Algerian desert, dreaming of the day Western Sahara will be theirs again.
Awsard, a small village in Western Sahara, is located 170 miles from the nearest food market. A five minute walk, however, will take you to a massive Moroccan…
Burying the bodies of Kurdish fighters fallen in neighboring Syria reopens old wounds in the heartland of Turkish Kurdistan.
After suffering two decades of sporadic violence, Egypt’s Bedouins are trying to build an ecotourism industry and break down stigmas about their homeland.
A photographer takes family portraits in the surreal environment that is the aftermath of war.
Pop singer Helly Luv cavorts with lions, throws molotov cocktails and dances with AK47-waving peshmerga – and doesn’t wear an awful lot doing it.
The Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have been persecuted for centuries. Will the fallout from the war in Syria only make things worse?
Syria is in the fourth year of war, but its Kurdish population has refused to side with anyone but themselves. Does their democratic “third revolution” stand a chance?
Since 2007, Hawre Khalid has been photographing his hometown of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, a multicultural place where Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and foreign workers live together.
In Istanbul, a once-mighty newspaper that serves the country’s dwindling Greek community is in danger of collapse
A homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can
Nablus remains a forbidden zone to most Israelis. But its tahini and other foods remain a highly sought-after commodity.
In advance of this year’s hajj, a look back to 1952 and the unusual airlift that brought pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in U.S. military transport planes.
An unlikely project has turned the ancient village of Erriadh on Tunisia’s Djerba island into a sprawling open-air graffiti exhibition.
Morocco’s Gnawa Music Festival is a melee of dreadlocks and drumbeats. Lots of hash and condoms, too.
Cengiz Yar photographs the refugee children that have taken shelter in Syria's bordering countries.
As a five-year-old boy, Sam Dreiman saw first hand the two sides of the melancholic funnyman during a chance encounter at a hotel in Morocco.
As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal.
Last year, two young Jewish Americans began leading educational tours of the troubled Palestinian territory. But their ambitions are bigger than a bus trip.
A photographer documents the rapidly-changing region to pull it away from its status as a victim of Saddam and into today's reality.
After decades of bloodshed, Kurdish villagers in oil-rich northern Iraq are waging a new battle against Exxon Mobil.
A road trip to southern Egypt with the exhausted optimists who are powering Hamdeen Sabahi's presidential campaign.
An Iranian photographer revisits her country's tragic past with a series of dramatic photographs that recreate moments that changed Iran’s history.
Ten years ago, Saddam Hussein went on trial for crimes against humanity. Meet the Kurd who outfitted him.
Rachel Williamson on the efforts of a group of artists and activists trying to restore an apartment from the golden age of Egyptian cinema.
What better way to celebrate Turkey's farcical crackdown on Twitter than by conducting an interview solely through Twitter DM?
How a small eatery just across the Turkish border has become an unexpected oasis for Syria’s refugees.
For fifty years, the horse-riding salesmen of Egypt’s capital have gathered for heated street races. Max Siegelbaum takes in the spectacle.
From a dusty port in Oman to the teeming stalls of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, a look at how black market cigarettes have become a major part of Iranian…
How one family lost 4 sons to the fight for the terrorist group.
Death, defiance, tribunals, coverups, outrage and intrigue: in today's Egypt, soccer is so much more than just a sport.
When the police and protesters clashed around Istanbul's Gezi park, an unlikely alliance of football rivals banded together. But will politics continue in the new league season?
In the early 1970s, Algeria's dictatorial president offered a home to revolutionaries from all over the world. Perhaps the most famous recipient of his generosity was the Black…
Migrants keep dying in Italy’s waters, but for true immigration dystopia, look no further than Spain’s barricaded enclave of Melilla.
A photographer shoots the pigeon subculture of Cairo to show a different side to today's Egypt
A handful of young photographers offer a rare glimpse at the inside spaces of life in Iran.
Abu Hassan serves legendary hummus in a country that worships the dish.
Turkish soap operas go global: Turkey’s homemade melodramas are popular across the Muslim world.
The unique selling point of Eromega in Istanbul: women do not get sexually harassed when they shop there.
Photographer John Wreford, forced out of his home in Damascus, returns to Syria to visit the sprawling refugee camp in Atmeh
In defense of spending one's days chewing the mildly narcotic khat leaf
When Yemen's Jews came to Israel in the massive airlift of '49-'50, they brought something vital with them: z'hug chili sauce
Time Magazine's Pelin Turgut was there when the tear gas spread last night. Her report on the heartbreak and hope of the Gezi Park movement
The (brief) standoff between a street-meat vendor and protestors in Taksim, Istanbul
The meaty, brothy Yemeni stew is comfort food in times of peace and war
In the brutalized city of Aleppo, magical realism is far preferable to actual reality of war
Can Social Media save Bassem Youssef? Some thoughts from SxSW.
John Wreford goes shopping for bread and cheese in the encroaching war zone that is Damascus, Syria
A conversation with Xenia Nikolskaya on her portraits of Egypt's decaying palaces
Acclaimed photographer Newsha Tavakolian talks to Roads & Kingdoms about her new exhibition in Tehran
Forget "Twitter war": on the ground, the only technology that really matters is the kind that kills