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.

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. 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.

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.