rub' hizbI’m very pleased to welcome you on this website.

A symbol says more than a thousand words. Then what about a part of the world that’s bursting with all kinds of symbols, icons, emblems and imagery on so many different levels? The words needed to cover such a vast treasure would be innumerable. That’s why I started a Twitter account to talk about the symbols of the Middle-East and North Africa.

Imagine, hundreds of icons to analyse, to observe and to write about, every single one of them a window into the societies, cultures and religions of the Middle-East and North Africa. Every single one of them featuring a backstory, a piece of history and a deeper meaning that connects people, draws them together. Of course, a Twitter profile full of images and observations might become a bit disordered. The goal of this site is to create a library of the symbols that are featured on my Twitter, to attain an orderly and clear overview. and to expand on the existing content. I hope this website may serve as a reference for everyone interested in symbolism, history, religion and the MENA region. For those who’re only interested in pictures and images, they’re always welcome to visit my Pinterest page as well.

You are welcome to contact me if you’ve questions, remarks, something to show me related to my content or the need for a polite discussion about my work. Do you like my work, feel free to buy me a coffee to support my efforts or become a member to access exclusive content like maps, in-depth longreads on specific symbols and a look at non-MENA symbols. Thank you.

My email address: menasymbolism@outlook.com


I received my Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2015. Since then, I’ve worked and written on history, language and social issues, most notably immigration and mass-media. I’m self-employed through my freelance company Namdubsar. Feel free to visit the website and contact me for any questions or remarks you might have.