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July/August Culture

[Hakim al-Akel, from the Bird's Eye series, 2013. Image copyright the artist.] [Hakim al-Akel, from the Bird's Eye series, 2013. Image copyright the artist.]

As the end of summer approaches and lazy days become few and far between, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet offers a combined selection of posts in preparation for fall. 

Beeta Baghoolizadeh contributes a Visuals in 1500 entry on the nineteenth-century marriage contracts of Mashhadi Jews in Iran. Maymanah Farhat reviews the debut Kuwait pavilion at the 55th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Elliott Colla resumes the Revolution Bookshelf series with a review of Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh's 2012 novel Sayyid al-Ahl's Blacklist. 

Also included are new translations of an excerpt from a novel by Murtedha Gzar and short stories by Ibrahim Aslan and Hamdy El-Gazzar. 

Beeta Baghoolizadeh's Marriage Contracts and the Mashhadi Jewish Community: Art as a Second Identity in the Nineteenth Century

Maymanah Farhat's review of the Kuwait Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

Elliott Colla's review of Blacklist by Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh

Yasmeen Hanoosh's translation of the Siege of Najaf from Al-Sayyid Asghar Akbar by Murtadha Gzar

Elisabeth Jaquette’s translation of Slice of Family News by Ibrahim Aslan

Nancy Linthicum’s translation of April Girl by Hamdy El-Gazzar

All previous culture posts can be accessed here. Tell us what you think or contribute: 

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