5 Instagram accounts that capture the culture of the Middle East

1. Everyday Middle East @everydaymiddleeast

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Everyday Middle East is one of a series of ‘Everyday’ accounts that aims to capture the culture of the region through candid photographs of the day to day lives of its people. It features the work of various photographers based in the region, from North Africa to the Gulf.

2. Mosques of the World @insta.mosque

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Though this account does not exclusively feature mosques in the Middle East, it successfully captures the beauty, intricacy and variety of one of the pillars of Middle Eastern society – Islam. Mosques of the World showcases the most stunning Islamic art and architecture in the world, the roots of which are found in the history and culture of the Middle East.

3. #foundkhtt @arabictypography

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Curated in Doha, this account features Arabic typography from around the Middle East and Islamic world. Its selection of photographs range from graffiti, street art and shop signs to the intricate calligraphy found on mosques and ancient Islamic architecture.

4. I Have This Thing With Zelij @ihavethisthingwithzelij

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I Have This Thing With Zelij grew out of one girl’s obsession with Moroccan mosaic tiles into a movement of 68 thousand followers. The account highlights the best of Islamic mosaic (‘zelij’), offering sneak peeks inside luxury riads and close ups of the country’s most famous mosques and monuments.

5. zamaaan @zamaaan

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Zamaaan (which means time or era in Arabic) is somewhat of a history project, featuring old photographs of the Middle East in times gone by. Describing itself as ‘your passport to the past’, this account provides a remarkable insight into the way things used to be across what is now a swiftly modernising region.

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