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.
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.