When you think of the Silk Roads, the ancient trading routes between East and West, what do you picture? For me, it’s a romanticised – and probably slightly orientalist – vision of camel caravans carrying spices and frankincense from exotic corners of Arabia to be traded in the markets of the Mediterranean. It’s the migration … Continue reading Evelyn Naón Ibiza – Scents of the Silk Road
Egypt is one of the most thoroughly mythologised countries in the world. In a way this is perhaps only natural given that its history extends back to one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring early civilisations of the human age. Nevertheless, particularly in some western cultures, the idea of what Egypt is, or even what it looks like, has been twisted somewhat by everything from conspiratorial TV shows to animated online video games.
If you're visiting Morocco, don't miss a trip to Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains. Its authenticity and deep connection to the local environment shine through in every detail – from the rose petals scattered on your pillow on arrival to the bowls of home-grown oranges on every table top. Just a stone’s throw from Marrakech, it’s the perfect place to relax, recharge and come back to yourself.
By Katie Holland In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, French–Moroccan author Leïla Slimani admitted using the grisly subject matter of her novel Lullaby — the murder of two children at the hands of their nanny — to illuminate the “utterly boring and repetitive” life of a childminder, grounding the brutal crime in a … Continue reading Leïla Slimani’s Lullaby: A Post-feminist Wakeup Call
1. It’s useful! Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. With 421 million Arabic speakers and 26 official Arabic speaking countries worldwide, Arabic is one of the most useful languages you can learn. 2. Travel! The Middle East is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the world. The … Continue reading 5 reasons why you should learn Arabic
Eyes have been on Libya in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester last Monday, as it has emerged that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was radicalised by Libyan jihadis and travelled to the country shortly before carrying out the horrific attack. Crowds gathered in Manchester last week to mourn those killed in the … Continue reading Islamic State, Libya and the new Cold War