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  • Status: Closed
  • Thematic area: Arts and culture
  • Country: Jordan
  • Year approved:2017

“Voices of Jordan”

  • Name of organisation / initiative supported: “Voices of Jordan”
  • Start date: 1 April 2017
  • End date: 31 December 2017

Initiative summary:

Jordan is a country that faces external and internal challenges, mainly by virtue of its geopolitical location. Yet, it remains one of the most stable countries in a region engulfed in violence and sectarian strife.

A lack of understanding in the West of how people are living in today's Middle East remains clear. What we see daily in the media today is a focus on episodes of violence, terrorism, political and economic challenges. We mainly hear and see the Middle East through the eyes of its political leaders or extremists but an extensive look at how the vast majority of people live today, including those who live in Jordan remains missing. What issues do ordinary people think about? What are their daily lives like? Voices of Jordan, an upcoming non-fiction book by Rana F. Sweis, aims to enter the minds, lives and living rooms of 10 people living in Jordan, including a Bedouin, a female parliamentarian, a cartoonist, a Jihadi, a Syrian refugee among others. The book will be accompanied by photos by renowned photographer, Salah Malkawi. Each character, represents a segment and diverse way of life in today's society. Through these stories, we learn about Jordan and arguable the Arab world politically, socially, economically and culturally. After experiencing Voices of Jordan, Europeans and Americans will have a better understanding of the people who live in the region.The book, which its author aims to have translated, will also be available for Arabs in the region as well. The target audience for this initiative are Arabic and English speaking students learning about the Middle East, diplomats, regional and non-profit organizations, policymakers as well those who watch and follow the news from the Middle East but want more information about how Arabs are living their lives today, what issues they think about, how they view religion in their lives and how they view the West.

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