Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel

From a reporting trip to Tehran, Iran, in 2004

Short biography: Jonathan Curiel is an award-winning writer and journalist in San Francisco. 

Long biography: Jonathan Curiel is an award-winning author and journalist who has written widely about Islam, the Middle East, foreign affairs, visual art, film, music, and other subjects – and has done research and reporting from around the United States, and Europe, Japan, Pakistan, the Middle East, North Africa, and West Africa. He has interviewed and profiled some of the world's leading figures in the arts and global affairs, and has also written widely about social issues, race, religion, and politics. In the months after 9/11, Curiel reported for the San Francisco Chronicle from Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan – doing exclusive interviews with Middle East figures, and reporting on Hezbollah, Palestinian refugees, the Syrian government's war on dissident groups, Beirut's rebuilding, media coverage of the Middle East, and other subjects.

Curiel is the author of Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots. The book, published by The New Press in November of 2008 (and republished in paperback in November of 2009), details the historic influence of Arab and Muslim culture on America, from the time of Columbus to the modern age. Among the areas covered: Islamic architecture and its melding into San Antonio’s historic Alamo building and New York’s World Trade Center; Arab music and its impact on The Doors, Bob Dylan, and the Jefferson Airplane; Persian poetry and its sway over Ralph Waldo Emerson; Americans’ love for Arabic tattoos and Persian carpets; New Orleans’ French Quarter and its link to Islamic aesthetics; and Elvis Presley’s and P.T. Barnum’s connections to Arab and Muslim culture. The book, which is based on exclusive interviews, original research, and new interpretations of historic events, received a 2008 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, was named one of 2008’s Top 10 books by London journalist Joel Schalit, and was chosen as an "Outstanding Academic Title of 2009" by Choice magazine, the review journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries. More than 700 libraries around the world have the book, including the British Library; Canada's national library; the National Library of Australia; the National Library of China in Beijing; National Chengchi University in Taiwain; Germany's Universitatsbibliothek Erlangen-Nurnberg and Goethe University in Frankfurt; and libraries at Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, MIT, the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the University of Toronto, Cambridge University, the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, the American University in Cairo, the University of Bahrain, and Turkey’s Middle East Technical University in Ankara.  Al' America was translated into Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers, the Beirut publishing house that also brought out The Da Vinci Code. (Click here for more about Al’ America – including images, and excerpts of reviews by the Washington Post, which called it “a pleasurable read”; Choice magazine, which described it as "essential [reading]"; and Publishers Weekly, which said “Curiel’s cultural odyssey moves swiftly and engagingly across time and geography.”)

From October of 2005 to April of 2006, Curiel was a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Oxford University in England, where he researched and wrote a 10,000-word paper on the historic impact of Islamic architecture on synagogue and church architecture. The paper featured research and reporting from England and southern France. During the 1993-1994 academic year, Curiel lived in Lahore, Pakistan, where he taught journalism as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Punjab. In 2005, Curiel's work for the San Francisco Chronicle was honored by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. (Curiel, a staff writer at the Chronicle from April of 1985 to August of 2009, was one of a select number of American journalists  including CBS's Ed Bradley – cited by Columbia University for doing outstanding articles or programs on race and ethnicity.) Curiel has written freelance stories for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, Salon, GlobalPost (the foreign affairs site), Trouw (a prominent Netherlands newspaper based in Amsterdam, which translated his opinion piece into Dutch), Ode magazine, the Advocate magazine, Tablet (the online magazine devoted to Jewish Life and culture), AramcoWorld (the bimonthly magazine that spotlights the Arab and Muslim world and its connection with the West), Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, the Bay Citizen (the news and culture site that covers the San Francisco Bay Area) and The Wire (a London music magazine), and has done freelance work for Sight & Sound, TV Guide, Maclean's magazine (Canada's equivalent of Time and Newsweek), and True/Slant, where he was a blogger from March of 2009 to July of 2010. Curiel's articles have been reprinted in such publications as The Globe and Mail (Canada's national daily newspaper), Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orange County Register, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hartford Courant, New York Post and New York Daily News. Besides the United States, Curiel has reported from Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Japan, Egypt, Morocco and Mali.

In the Fall 2009 semester, Curiel was a lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles, where he taught journalism to undergraduate and graduate students. In February of 2010, he was an O’Donnell Visiting Educator at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he gave lectures related to his book Al' America. In May of 2010, he became art critic for SF Weekly. Also in 2010, Curiel was named a writing consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York, an arts blogger for KQED (the main San Francisco affiliate of PBS and NPR), and a journalism juror for World Hunger Year's annual Harry Chapin Media Awards. In 2013, Curiel was a USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism Program fellow in Los Angeles, and in 2013 and 2014 was named a finalist for a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. For his art reviews in SF Weekly, Curiel won second place in the "Opinion/Criticism" category of the 2014 Freelance Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Media Workers Guild. 

In 2015, London-based I.B. Tauris published Curiel's book, Islam in America, which uses interviews, reportage, and journalistic analysis to detail the long history and current status of the religion in the United States. The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, published by Oxford University's Centre for Islamic Studies, called Islam in America "an engaging overview (that) is well written" and "a valuable addition to the available literature on Islam and Muslims in America. . . .  The contributions here include an emphasis on early white American converts to Islam and good introductory segments on the Nation of Islam, the Moorish Science Temple, and American Muslim feminists. Curiel also puts race front and centre in many instances, giving valuable references and insights about access to citizenship and relations among Muslims of different backgrounds." In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Islam in America was one of five books that people should read to know more about Islam. (The other books were The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life, by Ingrid Mattson; Islam: A Short History, by Karen Armstrong; What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, by John L. Esposito; and In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, by Tariq Ramadan.) Islam in America is in more than 300 libraries around the world, including the libraries of Georgetown University, the National Library of Scotland,  University of Cambridge, University of Zurich, Bibliothèque nationale de FranceKing Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca, and NYU Abu Dhabi. 

Curiel has been interviewed by National Public Radio affiliates, by the BBC/PRI radio show "The World" (click here to listen), and by BBC radio from London about the life and death of Ravi Shankar (click here to listen to the interview with BBC Newsday), and has been a moderator, panelist or speaker at the Commonwealth Club (click here to see appearances shown on, click here to see him on C-SPAN); the World Affairs Council; Columbia University; Stanford University; Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union; the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Town Hall Seattle; the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida; the Jackson, Mississippi conference, "Islamic West Africa's Legacy of Literacy and Music to America and the World" (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, hosted by Tougaloo College and the International Museum of Muslim Cultures); the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (England); the Foundation Royaumont outside of Paris; and Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran (a talk given during a 1993 visit to Iran). In Tangier, Morocco, he gave a keynote address at Performing Tangier 2008: Borders, Beats and Beyond, an academic conference organized by the Tangier-based International Centre for Performance Studies. For Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema, he has spoken about such films as The Kite Runner, The Triplets of Belleville, and the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others and An Inconvenient Truth. For the San Francisco International Film Festival, which is the oldest film festival in the Americas, Curiel was a juror for the $10,000 Skyy Prize competition during the festival's 50th year.


Adventures, 2003-Present
(Photos 1-15 copyright Jonathan Curiel)
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mud mosque
The great mud mosque in Djenne, Mali, taken during a trip to West Africa in 2003.

Niger river
The Niger river in Mali.

view of the Niger
Another view of the Niger.

Members of the musical group Tinariwen, standing in the sands of the Sahara desert. The group performed at the Festival in the Desert, an annual event in Mali that brings musicians (and others) from around the world to the farthermost regions of the country. The 2003 festival took place in Essakane, Mali. Stories on the festival appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and a London magazine called The Wire.

dunes of Esakane
Young men standing in the dunes of Essakane, in the Sahara desert.

Oumou Sangare
Standing with the Malian singer Oumou Sangare, in the lobby of Sangare's hotel in Bamako (Mali's capital).

Alborz Mountains
Looking out onto the snowy Alborz Mountains, which surround Tehran, taking during a trip to Iran in 2004. Several stories were published from the reporting trip, including a piece about Iran's annual film festival, which some have compared to Cannes.

An anti-U.S. rally witnessed in Tehran during the 2004 trip to Iran.

Oxford, England
A view from atop a church in Oxford, England, taken during a 2005-2006 Reuters Foundation fellowship at Oxford University.

Randy Weston
Pianist Randy Weston playing with Gnawa musician Abdellah El Gourd (far right) in Tangier, Morocco, at Performing Tangier 2008.

Tangier Alleyway
An alleyway in the medina of Tangier, Morocco.

Tangier Palms

A coastal view of Tangier, Morocco, with Spain in the distance.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, designed by architect Frank Gehry – taken during a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program fellowship in 2013

The Sheats Goldstein Residence in the Los Angeles hills, known for its architecture and for being in the movie "The Big Lebowski"

Theater director Peter Sellars, at his home in Los Angeles with fellows from the 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program



Older Adventures
(Photos 1-15 copyright Jonathan Curiel)
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A street view of Jaipur, the capital of India’s state of Rajasthan – 1993

In Pakistan, on the road to Gilgit, in the country’s north – 1993

At a park in Lahore, Pakistan - a perfect moment for a boyish handstand, bringing smiles to everyone - 1993

In front of a music shop in the old part of Peshawar, Pakistan, as the store owner (with a friend nearby) fixes a Pakistani sitar - 1993

A breadmaker in Karachi, Pakistan – 1993

A bicyclist taking a break under a moon in Lahore, Pakistan – 1993

Afghan kids in Lahore, Pakistan – 1993

Polo players in the far north of Pakistan – 1993

Tehran's Behesht Zahra cemetery, which features the graves of young Iranians killed in the Iran-Iraq War – 1993

Hundreds of miles south of Tehran is the city of Persepolis, famous for being the Persian Empire's seat of power between 510 BC and 330 BC – 1993

At Persepolis, docents standing by a relief that shows Persian royalty with an attendant – 1993

On the road from Jordan to Iraq - 1990

An aerial view of the Pyramids in Giza, showing their geographical connection to urban Cairo – 1990

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy – 1990

Under the Eiffel Tower in Paris – 1990




(Names in red are linked to articles)

Paul Kagame (president of Rwanda)

Romeo Dallaire (former head of U.N. in Rwanda)

Condoleezza Rice (before her position as Secretary of State)

Jimmy Carter (podcast interview)

Noam Chomsky (MIT professor)

Edward Said (Columbia university professor)

Nawal El Saadawi (Egyptian activist-author)

Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former U.N. Secretary-General)

Jose Maria Aznar (then-Spanish Prime Minister)

John Dean (Watergate figure)

George Shultz (Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan)

Robert McNamara (Secretary of Defense under John F. Kennedy)

John Kerry (U.S. Senator; email interview for the United Nations Development Programme)

Col. Peter Mansoor (U.S. commander in Iraq war, and former advisor to Gen. David Petraeus; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club)

Nabil Shaath (Palestinian foreign minister)

Hanan Ashrawi (Palestinian Legislative Council)

Leila Khaled (former Palestinian hijacker; interviewed in Amman, Jordan)

Queen Noor of Jordan

Benazir Bhutto (former Pakistan prime minister -- podcast interview)

Jehan Sadat (widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat)

Ehud Barak (Israel's former prime minister)

Natan Sharansky (Israeli official, former Soviet dissident)

Yossi Beilin (Israel's former justice minister)

Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah (former spiritual leader of Hezbollah;
interviewed in Beirut)

Aaron David Miller (Scholar, advisor to Secretaries of State on the Middle East, author of "The Much Too Promised Land"; interviewed at the Commonwealth Club; link is to YouTube video of event)

Wangari Maathai (2004 winner of Nobel Peace Prize)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Africa’s first elected woman president)

Kavita Ramdas (Head of Global Fund for Women)

Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University economics professor)

Willie Brown (San Francisco mayor)

Judea Pearl (father of slain reporter Daniel Pearl)

Scott Ritter (former U.N. arms inspector)

Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers)

Helen Caldicott (anti-nuclear activist)

Kenneth Roth (executive director of Human Rights Watch)

Peter Singer (bioethics professor at Princeton University)

Francis Fukuyama ("End of History" professor)

Shirin Ebadi (Iranian activist, Nobel Prize winner)

Cindy Sheehan (peace activist)

Howard Zinn (professor, "A People's History of the United States")

Shibley Telhami (University of Maryland professor) - one of several pre-Iraq War articles -- see story links above with Scott Ritter and Daniel Ellsberg -- that were critical of Washington's plans for war.

Judith Kipper (Center for Strategic and International Studies)

Kanan Makiya (Iraqi professor at Brandeis University)

Bernard Lewis (Princeton emeritus professor, author of "What Went Wrong?")

Julian Bond (chairman of NAACP)

Jerry Brown (California governor)

Gary Hart (former U.S. Senator)

Ralph Nader (activist, presidential candidate)

Craig Newmark ("Craigslist" founder)

Farah Pahlavi (former queen of Iran, married to the Shah)

Prince Turki al-Faisal (then-Saudi Ambassador to the United States)

Sediqullah Rahi (brother of former Afghan president Mohammed Najibullah; one of the first articles anywhere to profile Fremont's Afghan community)

Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University professor, author of “The Iron Cage”)

Marwan Muasher (Jordan’s ex-deputy prime minister; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club, recorded for

Hamza Yusuf (Muslim scholar)

Azhar Usman (stand-up comic)

Dean Obeidallah (stand up comic)

Sakeena Yacoobi (Afghan women's leader)

Kristen Breitweiser (9/11 activist, one of the "Jersey Girls")

Thomas Schelling (Nobel laureate in Economics)

Sebastiao Salgado (photographer)

Giles Duley (photojournalist and activist for Syrian refugees; interviewed on-stage at the Commonwealth Club)


Gore Vidal (novelist)

Isabel Allende (Chilean American novelist)

Orhan Pamuk (Turkish novelist)

Terry Gross (NPR radio host)

Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988; interviewed in Cairo)

Irshad Manji (Toronto writer-broadcaster)

Robert Fisk (Middle East correspondent)

Sayed Kashua (writer, “Palestinian Seinfeld”)

Jamal Dajani (senior director of Middle East programming at Link TV; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club as part of panel discussion about the prospects for a state of Palestine; recorded by

Ahmed Rashid (Central Asia correspondent, author of "Taliban")

Hamid Mir (Pakistani journalist who met three times with Osama bin Laden; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club, recorded by

Houshang Asadi (Iranian author of "Letters to My Torturer")

Nawar Bulbul and Ramez Alaswad (Syrian playwrights-actors)

Thomas Ricks (Washington Post military correspondent, author of “Fiasco” and “The Gamble”; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club, recorded by

Robert Baer (former CIA agent whose memoir inspired the movie “Syriana”; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club)

Ishmael Reed (novelist poet-playwright)

Ha Jin (Chinese-American author)

Arundhati Roy ("The God of Small Things," "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire")

Diana Abu-Jaber (novelist, "Arabian Jazz," "Crescent")

Azar Nafisi (professor, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran")

Rabih Alameddine (novelist, author of "The Hakawati")

Mahmoud Darwish (poet)

Naif al-Mutawa (Kuwaiti creator of “The 99” comic superheroes; written for GlobalPost)

Lewis Lapham (editor of Harper's Magazine)

Josef Skvorecky (Czech novelist)

Martin Amis (British novelist)

Studs Terkel (books include "Working")

Amy Tan (author, "The Joy Luck Club")

David Halberstam (author-journalist, "The Best and the Brightest")

Deborah Tannen (linguist, "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation")

Jamling Tenzing Norgay (author "The sherpa's son also rises")

Tobias Schneebaum (author, "Keep the River on Your Right")

F.X. Toole (author of "Rope Burns," which begat the movie "Million Dollar Baby")

Paul Krugman (New York Times columnist)

John Perkins (author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”; onstage interview at Commonwealth Club)

Jonathan Schell (writer on nuclear arms race)

Richard North Patterson (novelist; interviewed on-stage at the Commonwealth Club, filmed by C-SPAN's Book TV)

Marjane Satrapi (Iranian author of “Persepolis” graphic novels)

Robert Mankoff (New Yorker cartoon editor)

Simon Schama (Columbia University professor of history and art history; interviewed on-stage at the Commonwealth Club about his book and TV documentary series, The Story of the Jews)


(Click here to read reviews of such movies as “Bowling for Columbine,” “Machuca,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Crimson Gold,” “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” “Saving Marriage” and “Waltz With Bashir”)

Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11")

Omar Sharif (actor best known for "Lawrence of Arabia")

Shohreh Aghdashloo (Oscar-nominated actress from "House of Sand and Fog")

Mira Sorvino (actress)

Jackie Chan (actor)

Warren Beatty (actor)

Steve Martin (writer-actor)

Ben Kingsley (actor)

Jennifer Aniston (actress)

Chris Nolan (director, "Memento," "Insomnia")

Sherman Alexie (director-author, "The Business of Fancydancing")

Mira Nair (filmmaker, "Monsoon Wedding,", "Salaam Bombay")

Gurinder Chadha (filmmaker, "Bend It Like Bekham")

Shekhar Kapur (director-India, "Bandit Queen")

Chen Kaige (filmmaker-China, "Farwewell My Concubine")

John Woo (director, "Face/Off," "Broken Arrow")

Zhang Yimou (filmmaker-China, "Raise the Red Lantern," "Ju Dou")

Amos Gitai (Israeli filmmaker, "Kedma," "Kadosh")

Eytan Fox (Israeli filmmaker, "Walk on Water," "Yossi & Jagger")

Nir Bergman (Israeli filmmaker, "Broken Wings")

Yoav Shamir (Israeli documentarian, "Defamation")

Yisrael Campbell (Israeli stand-up comic, subject of documentary “Circumcise Me”)

Walter Salles (Brazilian filmmaker, "Central Station," "The Motorcycle Diaries")

Jehane Noujaim (documentarian, "Control Room")

Volker Schlondorff (German director, "Circle of Deceit," "The Tin Drum")

Sandra Nettelbeck (German director, "Mostly Martha")

Siddiq Barmak (Afghan director, "Osama")

Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Malian filmmaker, "Guimba")

Gillo Pontecorvo (Italian filmmaker, "Battle of Algiers")

Sylvain Chomet (French filmmaker, "The Triplets of Belleville")

Fabian Bielinsky (Argentine filmmaker, "Nine Queens")

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Mexican director, "Amores Perros")

Niki Caro (New Zealand filmmaker, "The Whale Rider")

Takeshi Kitano (Japanese director)

Majid Majidi (Iranian director, "The Color of Paradise," "Children of Heaven")

Elia Suleiman (Israeli-Palestinian filmmaker, "Divine Intervention")

Bahman Ghobadi (Iranian director, "Marooned in Iraq")

Babak Payami (Iranian director, "Secret Ballot")

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iranian director, "Kandahar," "The Cyclist")

Jafar Panahi (Iranian director, "Crimson Gold," "The Circle")

Abbas Kiarostami (Iranian director, "Ten," "A Taste of Cherry")

Lyes Salem (Algerian director, actor)

Ken Loach (British filmmaker)

Laura Poitras (documentary filmmaker, "The Oath")

Michael Mann (director, "The Insider")

Armando Iannucci (British writer-director “In the Loop,” “The Thick of It”)

Paul Greengrass (British director, “Bourne,” “Bloody Sunday”)

James Nesbitt (Irish actor)

Costa Gavras (Greek-French filmmaker, "Missing")

Joe Swanberg (filmmaker)

Jem Cohen (filmmaker)

Maryam Keshavarz (Director, "Circumstance")

Albert Maysles (documentarian,"Gimme Shelter," "The Love We Make")

Kim Nguyen (director, Oscar-nominated "War Witch")


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan qawwali singer)

Ravi Shankar (Indian sitarist)

Ali Akbar Khan (Indian sarodist)

Zakir Hussain (tabla player)

Ali Farka Toure (Mali)

Vieux Farka Toure (Mali)

Oumou Sangare (Mali)

Boubacar Traore (Mali)

Issa Bagayogo (Mali)

Habib Koite (Mali)

Rokia Traore (Mali)

Toumani Diabate (Mail kora player)

Youssou N'Dour (Senegal)

Baaba Maal (Senegal)

Marco Senghor (Senegalese-American DJ and restaurateur)

Angelique Kidjo (Benin-U.S.)

Alpha Blondy (Ivory Coast)

Narcisse "Goude" Sadoua (singer in Ivory Coast group Magic System)

Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbabwe)

Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe)

Fela Kuti (Nigerian superstar; a feature on the 10th anniversary of his death, for Obit magazine)

Soweto Gospel Choir ( South Africa)

Khaled (French Algerian)

Cheikha Rimitti (Algeria)

Rachid Taha (French Algerian)

Souad Massi (French Algerian)

Tinariwen (Touareg-Mali)

Kayhan Kalhor (Iran)

Googoosh (Iran)

Hassan Hakmoun (Moroccan American)

David Harrington (Kronos Quartet violinist)

McCoy Tyner (jazz pianist from John Coltrane's quartet)

Bela Fleck (banjo player)

John Adams (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer)

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

Ray Manzarek (keyboardist of The Doors; interviewed for "Al' America," and on-stage at an event sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies)

G.E. Smith (guitarist, former “Saturday Night Live” bandleader; interviewed for “Al’ America”)

Dick Dale (singer-guitarist, best known for “Miserlou,” which anchored Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”; interviewed for “Al’ America”)

Wanda Jackson (rock singer who performed with Elvis Presley in the 1950s and is still going strong)

Gillian Welch (Nashville singer)

Warren Hellman (founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival)

Jerry Martini (saxophonist, co-founder of Sly and The Family Stone)

Marcel Khalife (Lebanese oudist, composer)

Kazem al-Sahir (Iraqi singer)

Ustad Farida Mahwash (Afghan singer)

Joshua Nelson (“Kosher Gospel” singer)

Chava Alberstein (Israeli singer)

Daniel Barenboim (international conductor)

Peter Sellars (theater/music director)

George Crumb (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer)

Herb Alpert (trumpeter; group interview with UCLA students)

Inbar Bakal (Israeli singer; written for GlobalPost)

Natacha Atlas (Egyptian-British singer)

Sellassie (San Francisco rapper)

Kiran Ahluwalia (Indian-Canadian singer)

Randy Weston (jazz pianist)

Pharoah Sanders (jazz saxophonist)

Meklit Hadero (singer)

Emel Mathlouthi (Arab singer who helped inspire Tunisia's revolution)

Cheb i Sabbah (DJ, producer)


El Anatsui (African sculptor)

Lee Friedlander (photographer)

Mika Rottenberg (video artist, "Tropical Breeze," "Mary's Cherries")

Eileen David (painter)

Donald Fisher (Gap founder, whose "Calder to Warhol" collection was showcased at SFMOMA)

Greg Gossel (collagist)

Teo Gonzalez (painter)

Danae Anderson (painter)

Jennifer Karady (photographer)

Christopher Sims (photographer)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (poet and painter)

David Buckingham (word sculptor)

Andy Diaz Hope (sculptor)

Katherine Sherwood (abstract painter)

Miguel Farias and Allison Reilly (photographers)

Judy Pfaff (mixed-media artist)

Augustine Kofie (mixed-media artist)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (photographer)

Takeshi Shikama (photographer)

Fritz Liedtke (photographer)

Max Cole (painter)

Alexis Manheim (painter)

Steven Albert (painter)

Koki Tanaka (video artist)

Dan Witz (street artist)

Pablo Picasso

Gertrude Stein

Leonardo Drew (sculptor)

Romare Bearden (collagist, painter)

Richard Learoyd (photographer)

Sandow Birk ("American Qur'an" illustrator)

David Maisel (photographer)

Eddie Colla (street artist)

Jeremy Novy (street artist)

Marco Breuer (abstract photographer)

Hassan Elahi (self-surveillance artist)

Blek le Rat (French street artist)

Charles Gatewood (photographer of Bob Dylan, underground scenes)

Taha Belal (Egyptian artist)

Michael Dweck (photographer, 。ーHabana Libre")

Mark Bradford (collage artist)

Susan Burnstine (photographer)

Stephen De Staebler (sculptor)

Jean Paul Gaultier (fashion designer)

Richard Serra (sculptor and painter)

Cindy Sherman (photographer)

Mary Ellen Mark (photographer, best known for "Indian Circus")

Camille Seaman (photographer who specializes in Arctic and Antarctic icebergs)

Apex (street artist)

Wayne Thiebaud (painter)

Jay DeFeo (painter)

Lee Miller (photographer who worked with Man Ray)

Mark Ulriksen (New Yorker magazine artist)

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (poet and owner of City Lights bookstore)

Camille Seaman (photographer)

Eleanor Coppola (visual artist, matriarch of Coppola family)

Gordon Parks (photographer)

Peter Max (1960s poster artist)

Chuck Close (grid painter)

Carrie Mae Weems (MacArthur Grant winner for photography and other work)

Sana Mazinani (Iranian-American artist)

Robbie Conal (street artist)

Katy Grannan (photographer)

Zanele Muholi (South African photographer)

Zio Ziegler (street artist)

Jim Campbell (LED artist)

Seward Johnson (sculptor)

Nina Katchadourian (self-portrait artist)

Margaret Keane ("Big Eyes" painter)

Wayne White ("word painter" and former set designer for Pee-wee's Playhouse)

Ai Weiwei (a review of his Alcatraz exhibit)

Keith Haring (a review of a major posthumous retrospective in San Francisco)

Lalla Essaydi (U.S.-Moroccan photographer)

Neil Gaiman (British graphic novelist/screenwriter)

Diane Arbus (photographer)


A report from the Sahara Desert, near Timbuktu, Mali, on the Festival in the Desert

Article from Tehran about Iran's biggest film festival

From Iran, a reported essay on the city of Tehran

Feature on touring exhibit of Afghan treasures that were saved from warfare

News feature on the “Little Kabul” community of Afghan Americans – published in March of 2001, it was one of the first U.S. articles to profile this Afghan community

Article on the United Nations, timed to its 60th anniversary

Analysis of U.N. report that said Darfur violence wasn't genocide

Analysis of Rwandan president’s role in his country’s genocide

Essay on the importance of Somalia

Essay from 2002 on how dictators like Saddam Hussein can be removed from power by forcing them into exile

Book review of works on journalist Daniel Pearl

Celebrities who advocate social causes

Feature on how the U.S. government kept tabs on John Lennon, Pete S eeger, Lenny Bruce and other celebrity activists

Story, headlined “The Last Days of Privacy,” on increased tracking of people’s information

Review of SFMOMA exhibit, "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870"

Interview with dance choreographer Bill T. Jones about his play "Fela!"

Interview with dance choreographer Alonzo King

Article on Hurricane Katrina and complaints that the government's response was racist

Analysis on how George Bush’s response to Katrina sank his presidency

Profile of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

Profile of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

Story about Iraqi bloggers risking their lives to get their views across

How war images from Iraq compare to those from Vietnam

Article on U.S. prison, “enemy combatants,” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Article on "Made in Palestine" art exhibit

Feature on photo exhibit of Arab women

Feature story on “Arab Labor,” Israeli TV series

Article on Al Jazeera's new English-language network

Feature on Omar ibn Said, a U.S. slave from the 19th century, who wrote his autobiography in Arabic

Opinion piece on the future of newspapers, translated into Dutch, for the Amsterdam daily Trouw

Story on newspapers' increasing reliance on celebrity coverage and the like

Story on U.S. veterans of Iraq War who became homeless

An essay that considers the music of John and Alice Coltrane

A music posting that considers the 50-year legacy of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme


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