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 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Kan ya ma kan* is a place for sharing materials, resources, and ideas. This website aims to help people to increase their knowledge and access to information, and to think and communicate across cultural boundaries.

The site currently has two parts: Arts in the Arab World and Professional Portfolio. The latter contains items regarding my education, teaching, and work experience. The former gathers and presents a gallery of arts (material, oral, print, and linguistic) from Arabic-speaking societies. Enjoy!

Bienvenidos • مرحبا بكم • Welcome • ברוכים הבעים • Bienvenue

* This is the traditional beginning of stories throughout much of the Arab World (like ‘Once upon a time’ in anglophone stories). Literally, it means “There was, there was not.”In North Africa, storytellers use the similar phrase: ḥājītak (mā jītak), ‘I’ll come to you, I didn’t come to you.’ The contradiction gets listeners’ attention and opens a space for marvelous and fantastic storytelling.

Email: melaniemagidow [at] gmail [dot] com

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