When will there be peace, and how will it be ushered in? A concert by Qadim in Los Angeles on February 19 offers a refreshing respite from the chaos in the world. The concert is one in an ongoing series of events presented by Levantine Cultural Center that addresses Middle Eastern conflict from a perspective of coexistence. Founded in 2001, the center strives to build an alliance of cultures.
A word found in both Arabic and Hebrew, qadim means ancient and "that which will come," suggesting the fraternal bonds that have long existed among Arabs and Jews as two tribes that stem from one common language (Aramaic) and profess the Abrahamic faith.
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Comedians may be more effective than politicians in addressing the tensions surrounding the current conflict in the Middle East.
Noel Elgrably, Elham Jazab and Mike Batayeh, a group of Middle Eastern comedians who call themselves the Sultans of Satire, held a panel discussion Friday, Jan. 16 on the role of comedy in alleviating Islamophobia. The University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, Levantine Cultural Center an Kodoom Cultural Event Search Engine cosponsored the panel, followed by a live comedy performance that evening at Rosemont College's Lawrence Hall.
[Los Angeles, January 14, 2009] Despite decades of armed struggle and diplomacy, Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese leaders have filed to resolve most political disputes in the region. What will it take? How will conflict in the Middle East be addressed under the new Obama-Biden Administration? More of the status quo, or will U.S. foreign policy in the region differ significantly from the out-going Bush-Cheney Administration?
Several years ago I traveled in Tunisia with a friend. We felt pretty cool: we avoided the resorts, took local transport, ate local food, practiced our languages. One day we rolled into a town by the edge of the Sahara that is the starting point of many coordinated journeys into the desert—camels, sunset over the dunes, dinner cooked on a fire, etc. We had compared the reviews of several tour agencies in Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, volumes stored like talismans in our respective backpacks. As we emerged from the shared van into this new town, a man approached us and began talking about the agency he represented. It was the best, he said, the number one agency for trips into the desert.
A conference including documentary and feature screenings, panels and symposium, organized by Levantine Cultural Center and the University of California, Irvine, the
Since the tragic events of 9/11, there has been an upsurge in ethnic comedy by Arabs/Muslims in America. More and more Arab/Muslim individuals and groups such as "Allah Made Me Funny," the "Sultans of Satire" and "Axis of Evil" are appearing on stage with comic routines and they are attracting larger and larger non-Muslim audiences. Paradoxically, a tragedy that triggered widespread Islamophobia in American society seems also to have opened the field for Arab/Muslim comedy.
This panel discussion and lecture series, sponsored by The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore the landscape of American Middle Eastern ethnic comedy and its intricate relationship with Islamophobia. Cosponsored by U Penn Jewish Studies, the South Asia Center, and African Studies.