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Featured Essays
May 3, 2016
According to the Old Testament, the only non-historical source, Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from genocide, by revealing to King Xerxes the plot hatched by his vizir, Haman. A tomb in Hamadan, Iran is believed to be Esther’s tomb. Every year, Jews celebrate this salvation throughout the world with a joyous festival.

In Israel, it is not uncommon to see Hassid Jews drunk on alcohol for this... More...
Magnum News
Feb 5, 2016
IranWire and Journalism Is Not A Crime are thrilled to announce the launch of Abbas and the Revolution, a website celebrating the work of legendary Magnum photographer Abbas.

The site,, produced by Maziar Bahari, Iranian journalist, filmmaker and director of IranWire and Journalism is Not a Crime, will go live on February 4, 2016, ahead of the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

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Magnum News
Jan 15, 2016
The career of the acclaimed Iranian photojournalist Abbas has taken him from the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City to perhaps the greatest boxing match of all time -- Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman. But it is his documentation of religion and its influence on culture, that's perhaps the most personally relevant to Abbas. An avowed nonbeliever, Abbas says he cannot comprehend religious fervor,... More...
Featured Essays
Jan 14, 2016
"The stone the builder rejected has become the conversation” is the motto of the Congregation Beit Shimshat Torah, a New York city synagogue which caters for gays, lesbians and transgenders. Straight people are also welcome.
Founded in 1973, the CBST which has over 1,100 members is “passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish. It champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice... More...
Magnum News
Dec 1, 2015
NPR sat down with Abbas to interview him, specifically in regards to his lifelong documentation of world religions.
Click here to read and listen to the interview. More...