From the Editors
"Baghdad, no matter what happens to you, you will always flower again," is the poem by Mustafa Jamal al-Din that Mohammed Ghani Hikmat found carved on the poet’s tomb in Damascus, and intended to cast in bronze on a fountain he designed for old Baghdad. It was to be his new work for the city he loved dearly but had to leave after the US led invasion of 2003 for fear for his and his son’s life. After seven years away, he could not resist her beckoning and his desire ...Keep Reading »
Nada Shabout is an Associae Professor of Art History at the university of North Texas and the Director of Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Institute. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics (University of Florida Press, 2007).