Saturday, April 25, 2015

¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Middle East

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Phoenix isn’t famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In part two of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley’s Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian communities.




 IRANIAN {Persian}

Population: Approximately 78 million
Estimated population of Iranians in Phoenix: 6,000

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It’s April Fool’s Day at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, and hundreds of families lounge on Persian rugs spread under trees. Old men puff on hookah pipes, young men play soccer, and wannabe brides braid strands of grass to signal their desire to tie the knot. Lamb sizzling on grills emanates roils of meat-scented smoke that rise into a sky dancing with butterfly and dragon kites.

Polar opposites of music vie for attention – musicians play traditional folk s

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