This simple question may include everything from one’s name, to their profession, nationality, age, marital status and the list goes on. As we see, there is no one answer, and if your friends and family are asked about you, there is no doubt that there will be different impressions and responses given. In a world overwhelmed with so much information, it is not surprising that we all hold preconceived — often perhaps oversimplified — notions or ideas about things, people, cultures and even about ourselves that can be superficial, incomplete and inaccurate.
Getting to know others to bridge understanding, appreciating differences and similarities, and truly knowing ourselves, is at the heart of our latest issue, themed Stereotypes. There are stereotypes held about countries, such as Saudi Arabia, but as the pages of Ithraeyat Magazine show each month—showcasing such diverse stories, talents and voices—they challenge any boxes and limitations tagged on the nation and its people.
There is no single story that defines any country and its culture. Challenging stereotypes is the featured cover art by renowned Saudi artist Eiman ElGibreen. Titled ‘Does a Face Make a Difference?’ the contemporary piece of art addresses an important question of how peoples' appearances can impact the value and appreciation of their accomplishments. Take a moment to reflect over what perceptions you may have about others and about yourself.