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50 People Shaping The Culture Of The Middle East (SLIDESHOW)

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Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's a look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.

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This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on Al-Monitor. For the rest of the list, and a look at the 50 best Twitter feeds of the Middle East, head to Al-Monitor. If you think anyone was left off the list, let us know in the comments, or tweet @AlMonitor.

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