Georgia: A melting pot of architectural styles

Georgia, the mountainous Caucasus Republic, has been conquered by Russians, Persians, Ottomans, and countless other civilisations throughout history and the drastically different architectural styles are present right across the contemporary state. On a recent visit to Georgia I was astounded by the contrasts between modern and futuristic buildings and medieval churches and monasteries – here … Continued

New Hamas Policy Document – What do you think?

I have chosen a few excerpts from the new Hamas policy document (published 1 May 2017). I have chosen not to include any analysis or criticisms so that you, the reader, can make up your own minds. Do you agree with this document? Will it prove successful or not? Is it an unnecessary addition to … Continued

Ras Al Khaimah: The UAE’s Juxtaposition

The United Arab Emirates, and the wider Gulf as a whole, is well known for its contrasting differences, both geographically and socially. On a recent visit to Ras Al Khaimah, the most northerly Emirate in the UAE, I was struck by the sheer juxtaposition of the Emirate. Before I travelled there, via Dubai, I was … Continued

Editorial Note – November 2016

Welcome to the November 2016 issue of Asfar’s e-journal! This is my first issue since taking on the senior editor role, and what I have tried to achieve in this edition is a combination of thought-provoking, timely, and interesting articles produced by our loyal writers and editors – who I would like to thank for … Continued

Astana, Kazakhstan – Images of the Modern Capital

I travelled to Kazakhstan in September and discovered a modern capital city where almost every building has been designed by world renowned architects – particularly Foster and Partners – who are arguably experimenting with designs in the steppe’s new metropolis. I gazed at the yurt-shaped shopping centre, glass pyramid, colour changing mosque, Greco-Roman opera house, and … Continued

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