03.07.2017

Who—in this shamelessly visual age—would bother to read an analysis of the Muslim world’s modern history when ISIS is swamping social media with ghastly short videos whose impact on viewers is often irrevocable? What can my apologetic writings change if the Pandora’s Box of fear has been opened and is indiscriminately spreading poison?

11.16.2016

A personal reassessment of the exodus of Jewish Iraqis to Israel through published histories, biographies, and novels.   

06.20.2016

The next time you read an inspiring book, listen to an enchanting melody or even pass by a well-structured piece in some boutique window, do not be surprised if it turns out to be the work of another “architect on hold" struggling to reconcile theory and practice in the contemporary world. 

05.02.2016

Putting up with the hectic world of social media is not the sole challenge contemporary authors are facing. We are expected to master performance art and entertain an audience not only through our written work, but also by means of public talks and appearances. 

Ali Shakir
Iraqi-born, New Zealand-based architect and author, his articles and essays—in Arabic and English—appeared in several newspapers and literary journals in the Arab world, England, the United States and New Zealand.

Publications

Cafe Fayrouz: A Novel Except for One Chapter
ASP INC. | 2015
A Muslim on the Bridge: On Being an Iraqi-Arab Muslim in the Twenty-First Century
Signal 8 Press | 2013