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Category Archives: Heritage

Picks of 2007: William Dalrymple on East and West

Though choosing and upholding a single piece from all of last year would be too difficult from such a fertile field of good writing, I recently revisited this short article … Continue reading

18 January, 2008 · 6 Comments

Arab divas: three generations

Friends, hope you have a terrific weekend; I’ll be back on the blog deck proper next week, but in the meanwhile, here’s a musical interlude. For some, this may be … Continue reading

21 July, 2007 · 5 Comments

Protect Iran—and the world’s—priceless treasures

This short but important piece was written for the Guardian and was picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald (6 March). Let’s hope they are not in the line of … Continue reading

8 March, 2007 · 12 Comments

Arabic words in English

From Arabic words in English here, I found a few surprises and some I already knew. I wonder if the origins of a few of the words below are contested … Continue reading

16 February, 2007 · 15 Comments

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"