Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

When Maan Abu Taleb launched the music site Ma3azef.com in 2012, he dreamed of not only rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music, but also of giving Middle Eastern musicians and music writers a platform for expression, opinion, and creativity. “The motivation for me was a complete lack of critical writing on Arabic music, coupled… Continue reading Ma3azef: rewriting the global perspective of Arabic music

Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

The Playful Side of Activism

Addressing social issues in a manner that engages a wide audience can be a daunting task. Invoking interest is difficult, especially when the topic is less than uplifting. But we’re increasingly seeing activists addressing this obstacle by spearheading innovative projects that engage as well as inform audiences on a particular issue, employing a platform we… Continue reading The Playful Side of Activism

Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia

Being a woman in Saudi Arabia means that independence is practically non-existent. But smartphone apps and the innovators behind them are taking steps to change that. Know Your Rights is an app created by Saudi lawyer Nasreen Issa, released earlier this summer. The Saudi Arabian law system can be difficult to maneuver, especially for women… Continue reading Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia