Kalimat Magazine

An international magazine about Arab Thought and Culture

Our Story

Kalimat is a team of three passionate individuals working with contributors from all over the world. It is a media production company that features bold, engaging political, design, film, fashion, literature, musical and new media content.

Launched in 2010, the magazine is a social, cultural and political quarterly committed to providing an outlet for open expression within the Arab region and its Diaspora. At the same time, it is a visual communication tool that serves to educate both those who read it and work to create it.

The magazine is an open outlet for expression and seeks to increase participation within the cultural/creative scene, providing a platform for Arab creatives to engage in thought and action around ideas, people and business, moving the world forward.

Through the value of design-focused thinking, data visualisation, education and conversations with influential Arab creatives, Kalimat transcends and redefines mainstream media, challenging the status quo."

The Impact

We think magazines are great and we still believe in the value of print. It continues to be the best medium to present and generate fresh ideas, and we want to show the world what we’ve got! 

We want to give you (our readers) something to hold and share, pages to turn and beautiful graphics to look at without the screen making your head hurt. As a visual communication tool, we want it to become a reference guide with content that continues to stay relevant no matter when you pick it up.

What We Need & What You Get

Your donation will go towards printing, shipping and setting up an international distribution channel so you can buy Kalimat anywhere from Abu Dhabi to San Francisco as well as offering it online and via subscription. It will also help the continuation and longevity of Kalimat.

If you donate, you not only help us get closer to our goal, but you get some awesome stuff too like posters, copies of the Spring issue, subscriptions, special edition tote bags, special edition CDs, invitations to our opening night party, handwritten letters, notebooks, t-shirts and free advertising space in our magazine!

Stray Cats of the Arab World Poster

Books are written in Cairo, published in Beirut and Read in Baghdad

Other ways you can help

Word of mouth is one of the most powerful ways to get a message out. Help spread the word about our campaign to your family and friends and through your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, Flickr, Google +). We want people to know about this campaign but to also know about the magazine and help us grow our reader base!

About the video

The video is a play on the many dialects in the Arab world. We had various people from different places such as Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan (we wanted to feature every place but that would make for a long video!) say "Zabet Lahejtak" meaning "Fix your accent", because every place in the Arab region has different ways of saying things and sometimes we have to "adjust our accent" in order for the other person to understand us.

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