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The Legacy of A. Joseph Howar

CCAS benefactor A. Joseph Howar was the catalyst behind the Washington Islamic Center, the first mosque in the nation’s capital. Read his remarkable story here.

Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh performs at the Kennedy Center

For the Love of Music

For more than twenty years, MAAS alum David Chambers has been using his Arabic language skills and experience in the entertainment industry to bring Arab musicians to Washington audiences.

Flanagan and his dog Daphne show off one of Flanagan's latest quilts.

Quilting the Arabesque

Read about how MAAS grad Tighe Flanagan takes inspiration from ancient Islamic designs to quilt kaleidoscopic works of art.

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Preserving a Genre Under Duress

An Arabic-translation assignment 30 years ago ignited a lifelong passion for MAAS alum Dan Walsh, now curator of the world’s largest archive of posters on Palestine.

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New Findings Show Lack of Durable Solutions for Displaced Iraqis

CCAS Director Rochelle Davis and colleagues at the Institute for the Study of International Migration and IOM Iraq have published “Access to Durable Solutions: Three Years in Displacement,” with findings from an ongoing, multi-year study on displacement in Iraq.

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Q&A with Artist Helen Zughaib

Artist Helen Zughaib, who spoke at CCAS last semester, shares her thoughts on the role of art in bridging cultures and documenting the Arab spring.

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Saudi Arabia’s Artists of Change

MAAS alum Sean Foley writes for the CCAS Newsmagazine about the rise of the Saudi arts movement, the subject of his forthcoming book.

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ADF Fellowship Applications Now Open

Sponsored by the American Druze Foundation and housed at CCAS, the ADF Fellowship supports research on the Druze and Arab minorities with a concentration in the political, economic, and social history of the Druze.

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Literature Born of Captivity

CCAS Professor Mohammad AlAhmad discusses how Arab prison literature goes beyond documenting the prison experience to serve as an instrument of resistance and to hold readers accountable for their silence.