Devoted to Saudi Arabia and Saudi Women
News - the Kingdom's largest English language daily that deals with many social
change issues. They translate and reprint editorials from other Saudi papers.
The paper has several women correspondents who focus on women's issues. They also
seek input from readers around the world.
Safeya BinZagr -Saudi Arabia's most famous artist, Safeya BinZagr. Safeya's site showcases some of her well-known paintings that explore folkloric tradition. She also runs her own museum and art school in Jeddah. The entrance to the site has a long 'flash' introduction with music, but it's beautiful. Read an article about her by Ni`ma Ismail Nawwab in Saudi Aramco World.
Hend al-Mansour - Saudi Arabian artist Hend al-Mansour. Originally from the Saudi Eastern Province city of Mubarraz, set in the largest date palm oasis in the world, al-Hasa, Hend now lives and pursues her art in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She is the sister of Saudi film-maker Haifaa al-Mansour.
Dr. Saad Sowayan - An expert in the traditional culture of Saudi Arabia, particularly the Nabati poetry of the Kingdom . Visit his recent newspaper articles in English as well as PDF's of his scholarly works.
Mosaic Foundation - A U.S. nonprofit founded and run by the wives of Arab ambassadors to the U.S. The group raises funds for international and U.S. charities that foster women's education and welfare.
American Women for International Understanding - a California-based international group fostering global friendship among women.
Maiden Voyages - Vermont artist Valerie Hird's 'visual journaling' project, a collaboration among five women - Hird and four women from around the Middle East.
Bedouin Weaving - Palestinian-American Joy May Hilden lived in Saudi Arabia for 12 years and did extensive field work in the art of bedouin women's weaving.
Arabic Music Sites - There is a lot of Arabic Music activity in the U.S. College and university ensembles studying and playing Arabic Music are currently underway at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, The College of William and Mary, Tufts, and Bowdoin.
World - The best site for learning about the maqam system on which all classical
Middle Eastern music is built.
and the Jawaahir Dance Company - Web site for the acclaimed dance instructor
Cassandra and her Cassandra School as well as her Jawaahir Dance Company of Minneapolis,
Minnesota. Each summer Jawaahir puts on full length dance theater productions
with a live orchestra at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, MN. In January,
Jawaahir sponsors a henna party for women only. The henna party is an informal
get-together to paint henna designs on hand and feet, to sample Middle Eastern
cuisine, while trying out the folk dances of the Arabian Gulf. Jawaahir also performs
some of its repertoire. Cassandra also offers a week-long intensive dance course
in Minneapolis each March.
Sharif - This leading American dance artist teaches on the global dance seminar
Arabic Music Retreat - Yes, another plug for the Arabic Music Retreat. A week-long music retreat where all politics and sectarian issues are left outside. All we do is study and play music and sometimes even sleep.
DFW International - DFW International is a network of 1,700 international organizations in the Dallas, Fort Worth Area. Run by Anne Marie Weiss Armush, a friend of Kay's from her days in Jeddah, DFW sponsors many cultural events throughout the year, particularly its spectacular international festival. There you can see folk arts from around the world, and you can also take dance classes.
Other Favorite Sites
My husband Gary is a brilliant craftsman and he's got his own business, Rustic Workbench, inspired by the woods of northern Maine. Rustic Workbench Site
Pure organic Jojoba extract. Our friends own this business. Jojoba really is a 'wonder' product with so many uses! Jojoba Company