On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, Joobin Bekhrad remembers her and two other Iranian luminaries who also met their untimely ends in Paris
In search of the world’s oldest windmills, Jippe Kreuning – the son of a Dutch miller – embarks on a journey to Khorasan in northeastern Iran, along with a Persian phrasebook
What relevance does a novel written over 70 years ago by a mysteriously murdered author have to contemporary Turkey? Lydia Beardmore takes a look at Sabahattin Ali’s Madonna in a Fur Coat.
From the days of prophecy and empire to boozy verse and full-blown bacchanalia, Joobin Bekhrad reflects on the rich and colourful tradition of wine guzzling in Iran
Listen to Joobin Bekhrad crack up as he talks to the acclaimed Iranian artist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi for the fourth episode of REORIENT’s podcast series
Sarah Aziza chats with acclaimed Hebrew-language author Sayed Kashua about the Arab-Israeli experience and his latest book, Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life
Aysha Khan examines the effacement of the female voice in the literary traditions of the Persianate world, from the days of the Mughals to the present
Joseph Flaherty travels to the remote border city of Kars in eastern Turkey to investigate the continued relevance and importance of Orhan Pamuk’s acclaimed novel, Snow
Beyond gender and genocide: decades after her passing, the story of Armen Ohanian – the ‘Dancer of Shamahka’ – has inspired a new generation of Armenian artists
What’s in a scent? A lot, apparently. Dana El Masri explores the intersections of scents, art, culture, and identity in the Middle East, in both historical and contemporary contexts.