With translations by Fatima Kassem Moussa
الدنيا قايمة والشعب غافل / راحت بلادكم ما حد سائل
The world is in uproar and the people oblivious / Your land is lost and no one notices
-Omar el-Zeenni, "Al-Dunya 'Aymi"((For el-Zeenni's poetry and songs throughout this essay, I used the book el-Zeenni el-Saghir, Omar el-Zeenni, Molière al-Sharq. (Beirut: Dar al-Farabi, 2010).))
In 1918, Omar el-Zeenni looked around him and declared "The world is madness". Indeed, by the end of the First World War, el-Zeenni's world was turning upside down. The wider political world that el-Zeenni and past generations of his ancestors had belonged to, the Ottoman
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I have lived on Makdissi Street in Beirut since I was born. When I was around 14-years-old, I fell into the habit of taking long solitary walks around the city. The traffic-dense roads and crowded streets were a distraction from the thoughts that filled my head and the worries that dominated my small world: not fitting in at school, a bad grade, falling-out with a friend.
Over the past few years, having participated in an
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