In another installment of the Emerging Scholarship series, Timur Hammond discusses various forms of Islamic practices are embedded in to the urban fabric of Eyup, a religiously-significant neighborhood in Istanbul.
During the demolition of Sovetski, some resourceful individuals have found a new way to make ends meet acquiring the things left behind and selling them in pop-up bazaars around the city.
Ajam kicks off its migration mixtape series. Our first migration mix is focused on rebetika music–an early 20th century genre that was borne of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
In a time when institutionalized racism and police brutality against Black Americans are a matter of widespread national protest and debate, what does it mean that Iranian-American audiences are laughing at a blackface performance put on by a supposedly race-conscious director?
Ajam Media Collective has created Mehelle— a new project dedicated to preserving the sights, sounds, and memories of rapidly-changing neighborhoods from Eastern Anatolia to Central Asia. It will serve as a multimedia resource for local inhabitants, community organizers, and urban researchers long after such neighborhoods have been demolished, gentrified, or transformed by private and state-led construction projects.
Ajam rings in 2017 with the past year’s top ten articles.
In Things Left Behind, we’ll take a closer look at the photos, books, and other objects left in Sovetski. The following pictures where found in sticking out amongst the rubble of a partially destroyed house. They were then photographed for Mehelle in a typical Soviet era apartment.
In late 2013, filmmaker Vincent Moon visited Azerbaijan to create a documentary about the country’s traditional music, the places that gave birth to it, and the culture surrounding it. After…
Ali David Sonboly saw himself as a German; the general public seems to disagree. 11 interviews with members of Munich’s Iranian diaspora community suggest that so-called “German-Iranians” do not simply see themselves as a hyphenated identity but rather have various individual concepts thereof.