I think we live at a point of extreme darkness and extreme brightness. Extreme darkness, because we really do not know from which direction the light would come. extreme brightness, because we ought to have the courage to begin anew.
Michel Foucault in a dialogue with Baqir Parham.
Iranian Revolution, September 1978.


Abattoirs Casablanca
Dès la fermeture des anciens abattoirs de Casablanca en 2002, la question de leur devenir s’est posée. L’idée de leur transformation en espace dédié à l’art et à la culture est déjà évoquée, à contre courant d’autres projets de spéculation immobilière.

Abdennur Prado
Blog de Abdennur Prado, autor entre otros de: El Islam como Anarquismo Místico y El Islam anterior al Islam. Es también uno de los directores del Congreso Internacional de Feminismo Islámico.

Ajam Media Collective
The Ajam Media Collective is an online space devoted to documenting and analyzing cultural, social, and political trends in the diverse Iranian, Central Asian, and Diaspora communities. We unite authors from various backgrounds and disciplines to promote diverse critical views of the region and seek to emphasize the region’s importance as a thriving cultural center whose multiple realities are too often obscured by the popular Western and global media

Al Barzakh
"Cierra tus ojos y observa lo que ves" _ "Close your eyes and observe what you see" _
Abu Ali *) Toni Serra. Visions and texts.

Alia Shariati
Ali Shariati  علی شريعتی‎ 1933 - 1977 an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist , who focused on the sociology of religion. He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has been called the 'ideologue of the Iranian Revolution.

Arab Media Lab
"Is the first media arts platform of its kind in the Arab world, which establishes a social attitude to the new Media. Besides being a Laboratory as a creative physical space, Arab Media Lab, contributes to strengthening the Media Art sector in the Arab world, assists with the circulation of works from the Arabic and North African countries in different (international) video and film festivals, and to work towards shifting the Western perspective on art from the Arab world by acquainting the West with Arab artists". 

An unsurpassed resource for every aspect of Islamic architecture.

Art Territories
ArtTerritories is conceived as an independent platform for artists, thinkers, researchers and curators to reflect on their art practice and engage in critical exchange on matters of art and visual culture in the Middle East and the Arab World. Dedicated to the interview format, the initiative encourages discussion of artistic process with an emphasis on discursive art and media practices, collaborative initiatives, and cultural and institutional politics. ArtTerritories aims to define, connect and expand already existing art communities in the region as well as an ever-growing invested international arts community.

Arts of the Islamic World
Dedicated to art throughout the history of the Islamic world, from pre-Islamic to contemporary art, and including works from Muslim diasporas.

Founded in 2003, ArteEast is a groundbreaking New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and presenting the arts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and its diaspora to a global audience. From an initial focus on the cinema arts, ArteEast has expanded its mandate to include the contemporary literary, visual and performance arts and serves diverse audiences from artists and arts professionals, to collectors, educators, and the general public. ArteEast is a multiplatform forum that gives the MENA arts community access to audiences around the world by complementing extensive online programming on a resource-rich website with on-site public programs from artist talks, and film screenings, to exhibitions. Through this mission and strategy, ArteEast is able to promote artistic excellence while fostering dialogue around the region’s arts and culture and giving new audiences a nuanced perspective on the regional context.

"Since 2004, Bidoun has filled a gaping hole in the arts and culture coverage of the Middle East, pioneering a distinctive voice that is intelligent, critical, and original. From the beginning, Bidoun has served as a platform — for new questions, images, and ideas about the Middle East. Bidoun’s activities fall in three primary areas: publishing, educational, and curatorial. To date, our projects have included a range of pursuits: curatorial initiatives, educational programs, artist commissions, talks, tours, performances, books, an itinerant library, and an online archive of avant-garde media".

CyberOrient. Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East -
CyberOrient presents original, peer-reviewed articles and books reviews on the online representation of any aspect of Middle Eastern cultures, Islam, the imagined "Orient" and the use and impact of the internet in the Middle East and Islamic countries. CyberOrient is exclusively an online journal, begun in late 2006. Cyberspace transforms the traditional sense of "fieldsite" in anthropology and calls for an approach that transcends disciplinary boundaries. This interdisciplinary journal draws on scholars and students from within and without the field of anthropology.

Decolonizing Architecture
DAAR is an art and architecture collective and a residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR’s work combines discourse, spatial intervention, education, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges. DAAR’s practice is centred on one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field is so dramatically distorted. It proposes the subversion, reuse, profanation and recycling of the existing infrastructure of a colonial occupation.

Digital Islam
Research project on Middle East, Islam and digital media. Digital Islam is a research project that focuses on the Middle East, Islam, and digital media. It aims to analyze the various ways in which Islam and Muslim identities are articulated through information and communication technologies and the Internet. Its research materials include websites, digital videoclips, and videogames. The webpage digitalislam.eu provides free access to full texts and bibliographical database of research resources.

Istanbul Documentary Days is an independent initiative run by a group of young documentary filmmakers. Geared towards the new generation of filmmakers and film students as well as the filmlovers, the event is created mainly to support creative documentary filmmaking and to bring the best example of the genre to Istanbul.
Eurasia Art Collective (ASK) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the task of creating intercultural and interdisciplinary platforms through the organization of cultural studies, educational artistic practice, festivals and contemporary arts events. The Collective has succesfully carried out the programming and organization of the Bodrum Film Festival for the last five years.

Egipte Barricada
Un blog projecte de seguiment del procés revolucionari a Egipte.

El Paraíso es de los Extraños.
Un proyecto de Rogelio López Cuenca. Los procesos de definición de la identidad tienen lugar mediante operaciones de establecimiento de semejanzas y oposiciones, esto es, exigen la exclusión de aquellos elementos que pudieran arrojar dudas sobre la imagen de su integridad ideal. La idea de Occidente es inconcebible si no en su relación, su situación, con respecto a Oriente.

Frantz Fanon International
Website about Franz fanon work and ideas, walking forward.. 

Ibn Arabi society
Pàgina web centrada en el estudio de la obra del Ibn Arabi. Publicaciones, artículos encuentros.

"Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal (www.ArabStudiesJournal.org) and runs the Documentary Film Collective, Quilting Point"

Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide incisive analysis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed Western obsessions with terrorism, oil, and Islamism and, instead, highlighted issues and concerns that mattered to the region’s people.

Quilting Point
"Quilting Point is an independent film collective that produces documentaries, educational material, video installations, and other audio-visual content related, but not limited, to the Middle East. Is is a subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, the source of the research that informs Quilting Point's films and activities".

Palestine Poster Project
"This website has been created to mark headway on my master's thesis project at Georgetown University. It is a work-in-progress.
I first began collecting Palestine posters when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the mid-1970s. By 1980 I had acquired about 300 Palestine posters. A small grant awarded with the support of the late Dr. Edward Said allowed me to organize them into an educational slideshow to further the "third goal" of the Peace Corps: to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Over the ensuing years, while running my design company, Liberation Graphics, the number of internationally published Palestine posters I acquired steadily grew. Today the archives include some 3,000 Palestine posters from myriad sources making it what many library science specialists say is the largest such archives in the world".

Pattern Islamic Art
"This website offers of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. Historically, the decorative arts have always formed a major part of Islamic aesthetic expression. Its remarkable achievements in this direction (much of which are represented here) make it an invaluable resource for designers of all kinds as well as for art-historians and art-lovers generally."

Oecumene. Citizenship alter Orientalism.
Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism explores how the concept of citizenship is being refigured and renewed around the globe. At a time when tumultuous world events, from Israel to India, call for a deeper understanding of the purpose and power of citizenship, the project opens up the boundaries of citizenship by exploring political subjectivities outside of Europe. The project focuses on the tension between two different institutions: citizenship, the process by which political subjectivity is recognised and enacted, and orientalism, the process by which Europe is considered the birthplace of ‘universal ideas’ such as democracy, secularism, rights, and capitalism. What connects citizenship to orientalism? Historically, citizenship has been seen as an exclusively European institution contrasted against non-European societies. Yet, ‘citizenship’ as an expression of our social and political belonging has become ‘unbound’. People across the globe are inventing new ways to claim their democratic rights as citizens.

"Publicación de libros (con dos colecciones de ensayo, una sobre África y otra sobre islam, y con la voluntad de difundir aspectos desgraciadamete poco conocidos o tratados.)
Directorio de artículos y entrevistas sobre cultura y geopolítica africana de periodicidad mensual (en español, catalán, inglés y francés), que a principios del 2010 pasa a ser la revista trimestral Africaneando en pdf".
Una biblioteca virtual, abierta y gratuita que permite descargarse íntegramente los contenidos en formato pdf o html (con libros y revistas en español, inglés, francés, árabe, catalán y portugués). Colaboración con otras asociaciones nacionales e internacionales, en especial en la coedición de libros, como Fahamu (UK-Kenya-Sudáfrica) y Codesria (Senegal).

Saharawhy.net forma parte del proyecto Otras Cartas Marruecas, propuesta de Rogelio López Cuenca y Elo Vega para el proyecto 1812_2012. Una Mirada Contemporánea que con ocasión del bicentenario de la Constitución de Cádiz, conocida como ‘La Pepa’, organiza Acción Cultural Española. Un conjunto de propuestas en distintos ámbitos como el arte, la ilustración, la música contemporánea y popular o el audiovisual, que el comisario del proyecto, Jorge Díez, ha planteado como una mirada crítica desde las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas sobre los conceptos de ciudadanía, libertades políticas y participación en el contexto de las revoluciones árabes o del propio 15-M en España.

Aquest blog està realitzat de forma col.lectiva per estudiants d'antropologia de la Universitat de Barcelona.
El primer semestre de 2011, els estudiants del curs "Etnologia del Magrib" van recollir la proposta d'observar les revolucions àrabs contemporànies en clau antropològica, és a dir, amb la voluntat d'aprofundir més enllà de la informació d'actualitat.

Tasneem Project
Everything you own, everything you see, hear, smell, touch, taste must conform to the cold currency of consumerism. Slowly, but surely, all of reality is becoming a product, and every human relationship is being reduced to that of producer and consumer. That which refuses to be ingested by the consumeritic maw is either mad or bad. Welcome to one of the few remaining discourses of resistance: Muslim Anarchism. Beyond brand, beyond edutainment, the Tasneem Project is my narrative of resistance.

"In 2009, Bidoun entered a long-term collaboration with UbuWeb, an award-winning online archive for avant-garde media. To date, Bubu has hosted rare and hard to find sound and audio works from the likes of filmmakers Forough Farrokhzad and Artavazd Peleshian, as well as composers Ali Reza Mashayekhi, Halim El-Dabh, and Dariush Dolat-Shahi, among many others. In many cases, Bubu has documented the western avant-garde’s encounter with the East; films by Claude LeLouch, Pier Paolo Pasollini, and Agnes Varda are also included in this growing collection".

"Taleb Cherche Midi is a Mixed media Art collective directed by Film-makers and Mixed Media Artists: Abdelaziz Taleb and Abdellatif Benfaidoul. It is a Media Art collective with an aim to diversify and deepen the traditional artistic view of the western audience towards the Arab media art culture, provide a platform for Arab and north African media art artists to gain more exposure by facilitating the circulation of their works".