• Artwork By Syrian Illustrator Dima Nashawi - Posted With Kind Permission

Nahla's Editorial Note

September has arrived and we bid farewell to the holiday season. London will now see the restart to a fuller arts and culture calendar as we head into the the Autumn months. There are plenty of MENA-inspired events taking place and below are just some highlights I have selected from over 20 entries of films, festivals, exhibitions, music and much more that have come my way.

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Penned by online sensation and the Karl reMarks persona, this little book had me in stitches, thinking, confused, saddened and wondering from where does the self-styled avatar get the genius inspiration. Composed of a collection of quotes and illustrations that originally appeared on Twitter beginning circa 2011, it was the arrival of the Arab Spring that got London-based architect and real name Karl Sharro satirising on the Western media’s coverage of the Middle East and North Africa region.

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At the highly anticipated book launch that was held at the Holland Park Daunt bookshop, author Rana Haddad read out a few paragraphs from her debut novel ‘The Unexpected Objects of Dunya Noor’. The humorous passages got the whole informal gathering in fits of laughter; and, soon after, we were treated to the beautiful voice of Lina Shahen, whose Arabic songs transported us to an enchanting world of music originating from the Levant and a tune about people being neighbours with the moon.

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Using resentful rhetoric to justify his executive order made early last year - to ban the entry of people coming from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States - President Donald Trump was indicating that America needs to be protected from these 'other' people on the count of their religion. A religion that is a personal faith to over 1.8 billion worldwide which he simply reduces to an enemy of ‘his’ great nation, using the language of fear and dangerously manipulating the historical context.

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