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Arab World Cultures

Art, Music, and Dance

Arab-American National Museum
"The Arab American National Museum's mission is to document, preserve, celebrate, and educate the public on the history, life, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. We serve as a resource to enhance knowledge and understanding about Arab Americans and their presence in the United States."

National Geographic World Music: Middle East
"While there is no single "Middle Eastern" music, there are certain bonds linking various traditions together throughout the region: the area's musical traditions are tremendously old (or at least derived in part from ancient sources), fantastically diverse and extremely sophisticated."

World Music from Link-TV
"Link-TV brings you the sights and sounds of the world every day with music videos, documentaries and concerts that are entertaining and insightful. Whether it's familiar or far flung, come adventure with us, and hear the sound of the world, as it makes music."

WWW Virtual Library: Museums and Art Galleries
Museums Around the World is a page that includes an eclectic collection of services connected with museums around the world.


Film, Theater, and Media

Al-Bab Theatre Guide
Although Arab theatre - in the sense of stage plays - did not develop until the 19th century, the region has other dramatic traditions dating back hundreds of years. These include puppetry, storytelling and Ta'ziyah - a type of religious passion play performed in Shi'a communities. (*For a variety of reasons, including censorship, theatre has never become an especially popular art form in the Arab countries and the limited number of theatres has led to the development of theatrical troupes who travel in search of audiences.)

Arab Film Festival
"The mission of the Arab Film Festival (AFF) is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and to provide alternative representations of Arabs that contradict the stereotypical images frequently encountered in the American mass media. The Arab Film Festival screens films from and about the Arab World that provide realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics."

CNN Arabic
Arabic news articles can be translated utilizing the Google Translate Beta site.

LINK-TV's Mosaic: World News from the Middle East
Mosaic was chosen a Peabody Award winner, as one of the best in electronic media for 2004. It features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East. The news reports are presented unedited and translated, when necessary, into English.

Media Directory from Kidon
Kidon Media-Link is an independent site on the internet. It tries to give a complete directory of newspapers and other news sources on the internet. Languages included: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, etc.

Webcasts related to the Near East
These links from the Library of Congress are to Real Player files that require Real Player. The free version of Real Player may be downloaded from the Real Player website.