Al Makan: A Spiritual Third Space in Beirut

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By Bilal Ghalib and Joséphine Lesaffre Two lenses on a light shining in Beirut, Bilal and Joséphine share perspectives on Al Makan, a spiritual third space. Bilal I left San Francisco for Beirut and found a common spiritual HOME in both. There is a small, but growing, number of Islamic “third spaces” developing internationally. A […]

Hammana Artist House: A New Lease of Life

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Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan It is no wonder the late French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine was enraptured by the pristine village of Hammana during the 19th century. Situated at 1,200 meters above sea level, Hammana is in a lush valley that overlooks a dramatic mountain range. As far as the eye […]

Menjez: From Megalithic Societies to Beit Al-Tourath

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Megalith /ˈmɛɡəlɪθ/ Is this the type of construction that resembles Stonehenge, where great stones are used without mortar or concrete to build a monument or a structure? There definitely should be a mistake; we do not have such structures in Lebanon. Or do we? Menjez is a village in Akkar, in the north of Lebanon, […]

Beirut Dweller: Encounters of a Young German Ajnabe أجنبي

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Gradually, an image of Lebanon developed in my mind. It somehow kept on building up within me, while I was living and studying in Berlin, Germany. For example, I accidentally discovered Fairouz’ Shayef al bahar shoo kbir while searching for an entirely different song. Without knowing Arabic, I instantly fell for her sound. At around […]

An Undeniable Mediterranean Magnetism: Franciscos Verros, Greek Ambassador to Lebanon

Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief Patricia Bitar Cherfan Photos by Elie Harb In this interview with HOME, his Excellency, Ambassador Verros, gives an overview of Greek-Lebanese relations as well as the striking similarities binding both nations and cultures. Greek and Lebanese culture, history, and tradition have always intertwined, as both nations share a geographic proximity, and have […]

The Giving Trees of AUBotanic

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Walking through the gates of the American University of Beirut (AUB) is like a breath of fresh air — literally. The temperature seems to drop slightly, the breeze kisses your cheek in gentle bliss, and the refreshing scent and feeling of peace only nature can evoke lifts your mood to new heights. Birds sing the […]