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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

March 22, 2013

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Islam symbols, Kaaba

TweetIslam is, arguably, one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. For this reason, I picked Islam symbols, their meaning, and a couple of other Middle East charms for this week’s special #FriFotos post. I hope this photo essay sheds some light on this fascinating region and their culture. Let me know if you […]

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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

February 7, 2013

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Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

TweetThe following Middle East movies article is a guest post ** So many films focus on the political strife and violence in the Middle East, but this region is an area that can’t be defined by a single aspect. There are so many interesting and uplifting facets to  this corner of the globe — and […]

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Middle Eastern sites and columns: What I’ve seen (photos)

December 7, 2012

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Middle Eastern sites, Medinet Habu

TweetThe theme of this week’s FriFotos is COLUMNS. Thus, I wanted to share some photos of Middle Eastern sites and ruins as seen through my travels. Hope you like them! Cairo’s minarets Known as the city of the thousand minarets: I lived in Cairo for a full year study Egyptian and Modern Standard Arabic. Those […]

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

July 23, 2012

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TweetTo all my Muslim brothers and sisters: رمضان كريم (Ramadan Kareem)! And to the rest of my brothers and sisters: Let’s love each other no matter what’s our religion. I’m a Christ follower and love all people, just as He would Learn more about the Ramadan Kareem meaning and the festivities that take place during this Holy […]

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Locals in the Middle East: A short photo essay

February 24, 2012

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Bedouin girl, locals in the Middle East

TweetEver wondered what the locals in the Middle East and North Africa look like or where they come from? In celebration of this week’s FriFotos topic, I will give you a short intro and cultural background of some of the different peoples of the region. Bedouins Bedouins are the desert nomads of Arabia. Divided into […]

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Exotic sights in the Middle East (photo essay)

January 20, 2012

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Jerusalem view

TweetExotic sights in the Middle East are at every turn when you come from the West. For this reason, to celebrate this week’s FriFotos theme “Exotic,” I wanted to present you a photo essay, including some of the exotic sights you can find in the Middle East. These were captured as I lived and traveled […]

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Merry Coptic Christmas! Traditions in the Christian Middle East

January 7, 2012

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Coptic Christmas

TweetMerry Coptic Christmas! On January 7th, Christian minorities around the Middle East (most part of the Coptic Church) celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Why on this day, you may ask?Well, this Orthodox Church actually used to celebrate Christmas on December 25th as well, but this all changed when the Gregorian calendar was introduced in […]

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Mosques in the Middle East: Seductive Holiness

November 21, 2011

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mosques in the middle east, hagia sophia

TweetMosques in the Middle East never cease to fascinate me. While I am a Christian myself, there is always certain aura about any religious site that gets me down to the bone. The energy is almost inappropriately seductive. Their architecture is simply a feast to the eyes. While cathedrals have their own charm, mosques in […]

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Travel to the best beaches in the Middle East (photo essay, part 2)

October 27, 2011

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Tweet[For part one, click here] Ahlan asjabi, hello my friends! This week, for a second time, I will feature some of the best beaches in the Middle East. My goal? To uncover some hidden gems of the region. Enjoy (and click on any photo to enlarge)! Some of the clearest, most azure waters in the […]

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FriFotos: Compilation of stones, temples of my Middle East travels

September 16, 2011

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Middle East travels, Petra

TweetFor #FriFotos this week, given that the theme is “STONE,” I decided to make a compilation post, including some of my favorite shots of stones, rock-carved temples & buildings I captured throughout my Middle East travels between August 2008-December 2009. In passing, I have included all the countries I visited to make this photo essay about […]

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