Please tell us about your favorite Middle East Culture Web Sites - especially if they are related to peace efforts.
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Smadar Levi - Musician for peace, Daughter of Sderot
Read AboutMusical Instruments of the Middle East and hear them played!
Musicians for Peace are an example of living together in multi-lingual harmony guided by spiritual principles and avoiding political divisions and bad news. They focus on the positive and seeing them perform with their idealistic happy energies, inclusive audience participation, oud/guitar exchanges and absolute sincerity can convert even cynics to believers that if every meeting of Arabs and Jews were like their concerts, peace would spread as easily as radio broadcasts. You can download their song "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation" by clicking hereSufi Music - Sound and music occupy an important place in the life of most Sufis. It is a tool for the believer to get closer to God, dissolving the physical realm into the spiritual one by polishing the heart and enhancing the spiritual aspect of the human being over the physical being. More about Sufi Music
Jerusalem - Naomi Shehab Nye - & Words by the Iranian Poet Sa'di
Why We Cry - David Katz - War and peace in Jerusalem
Karagoz Turkish Shadow Puppet Plays - Includes a fascinating explanation of the history and background of shadow puppet plays as well as memorable photos. (The main Turkish Site - GELENEKSEL TÜRK GÖLGE OYUNU KARAGÖZ ve HACIVAT
Creating Peace - Palestinian-Israeli Art Project
Art and Sculpture
http://www.members.tripod.com/q8art/ is not just about Kuwaiti art as you will soon find. There is an impressive assembly of talent here from most of the Middle East.
http://www.lebanonart.com includes art and poetry of Lebanon
Ali Al Awadh - Online gallery of original sculpture
Kuwait Society for the Formative Arts (KSFA) - Links to online galleries and features.
Belly dancing is a unique Middle Eastern art form.
Shira tells you how to do it, how to learn it, where to get music, costumes etc.
Farfesha Belly Dancers - Farfesha means joyous laughter. It is the name of a belly dancing troupe and school. Their Web site features stunning photos, articles about belly dancing, and links to other belly dancing sites.
The Virtual Middle Eastern Cookbook by Sabrina Toma includes both great recipes and pictures of the author's original oil paintings.
Food from the Arab World by MARIE KARAM KHAYAT and MARGARET CLARK KEATING is a complete cookbook of Lebanese (mostly) recipes.
At http://www.batkol.com there is a collection of lullabies from Jerusalem in Hebrew, Arabic, Armenian, Ladino etc.
GENERAL - These sites have art, poetry and other cultural links:
Ada Aharoni's home page is devoted to dialog through culture and features poetry and writing.
http://vpa.monterey.edu/worldwall/3residency/index.html includes works by Israeli and Palestinian artists trying to create a common language.
http://www.nawal.com is a general directory of culture, education, business etc. in the Arab world.
Lebanon Art includes art and poetry of Lebanon. Lebanonpanorama, a related site, has stunning panoramic views of Lebanon.
http://www.middle-east.yu-hu.com includes poetry and novels by Israeli and other authors.
http://www.egyptiancastle.com has lots of Egyptian cultural links (including belly dancing, music, art...)
Ladah - The Ladah organization is a charitable foundation for the Middle East, with links to Web sites displaying Palestinian and Armenian embroidery, and to books and articles.
- Peace Through Music - The Web site of
Flautist and Peace and Charity activist Wissam Bustany.
Arabic Poetry - Dr Ali Mehilba writes: "... I am planning to make a revolution and have The United Republic of Hope and Love. If u support me u may become one of Key persons in that Republic; What do u think?. I need your emotional support. Visit our site and recommend it to other friends and let me know how to improve it; to have a real Republic of Hope and Love through the best Gift from God to Human ( The Words)."
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