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Shahzia Sikander, pictured here, created the film Parallax (also pictured) to explore the layers of history and change that are remaking parts of the Middle East and South Asia. Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander hide caption

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Breaking The Mold: Artist's Modern Miniatures Remix Islamic Art

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Zeb Bangash performs with her band Sandaraa at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City last year. (Left to right: Michael Winograd, Bangash, Yoshi Fruchter, Eylem Basaldi.) Adam Berry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Pakistani Pop Star Pulls From The Culture's Musical Past And Present

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Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi says, "I don't buy artworks that I think are pretty ... I buy art that is politically meaningful." That art includes Yemeni photographer Boushra Al Mutawakel's Mother, Daughter, Doll series. Courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation hide caption

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For Arab Artists With Something To Say, This Sheikh Is A Loudspeaker

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An Afghan Writer Wants To Return Home, But It Could Cost Him His Life

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Mohamed Hashem, one of Saudi Arabia's best known musicians, plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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An Art Scene Flourishes Behind Closed Doors In Saudi Arabia

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Algerian writer and journalist Kamel Daoud's new book, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger. Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Novelist Kamel Daoud, Finding Dignity In The Absurd

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Muslim Feminists Rewrite Boundaries On The Street And At Home

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French rapper Abd Al Malik's film May Allah Bless France! tells the story of a teenager finding music and Islam. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'May Allah Bless France!' Tells The Story Of France's Hip-Hop Gatekeepers

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Sultan 'Ali 'Adil Shah II Slays a Tiger (ca. 1660) is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's critically acclaimed Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700 Opulence and Fantasy exhibition. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Lent by Howard Hodgkin./Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

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