Kairouan has magic and mystery and it’s on the map

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


KAIROUAN, Tunisia — Tunisians boast that Kairouan, a couple of hours south by car from Tunis, is Islam’s fourth holiest city, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Perhaps. Ethiopians say the same of Harar. Both Kairouan and Harar are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both know Islam from its very first century. However, fourth holiest or not, Kairouan wins … Continue reading “Kairouan has magic and mystery and it’s on the map”

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Khalifa and Kairouan, Tunisia, 2017: New Year’s Day in pictures

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2017


“I have seen you before,” said Khalifa suddenly, looking into our faces as we prepared to walk out into the Medina in Kairouan, the seventh century city founded by the Arabs in central Tunisia. We stared at him, all leathery creased skin, long stained teeth and sharp yellowing eyes. “I was in a burnoos,” he said, … Continue reading “Khalifa and Kairouan, Tunisia, 2017: New Year’s Day in pictures”

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In Kairouan, Tunisia, north Africa’s only manuscript restoration workshop

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2016


The Museum of Islamic Art in Raqqada near Kairouan in central Tunisia is a truly remarkable place. It was gifted to the nation by Habib Bourguiba, the newly independent country’s first president, who ruled for 30 years. Here’s the rather grand conference room. I’ll expound more fully on the Museum’s treasures in a subsequent blog. … Continue reading “In Kairouan, Tunisia, north Africa’s only manuscript restoration workshop”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK