To conclude my time living in the Middle East, I have decided to publish some of my street photography at the Mutrah Souq (Market) in Muscat, Oman (as well as another picture in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, available here).
To me, the following photo series illustrates the life of civilians, with universal experiences, despite some differences in culture from you and me. I think that, too often, the news media from the Western World skews our image and perception of Middle Easterners and Muslim people, and tends to dehumanize them. Honestly, when someone says “Muslim”, how many of us in the Western World think “terrorist”? Would we think of the Ku Klux Klan to be representatives of Christianity? Just like in the Christian/Western world, there is a wide spectrum of kinds of people in the Muslim/Middle Eastern world – from the very conservative to the very liberal, or from the very rich to the very poor.
Below are just few glimpses of people and objects, showcasing some universal experiences.