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  • "Discordia," is a new book by Magnum Photojournalist Moises Saman that represents his "personal memory" during his time working and living in the Middle East during the Arab Spring from 2011 to 2015. In Greek mythology, Discordia is the Goddess of Strife. ABC News asked Saman about the title of his book and whether it referred to the Goddess of Strife. Pictured, Fatima reacts after seeing the body of her dead son, 25-year-old Habib al-Akramah, tortured and killed by pro-Assad militias in the city of Aleppo in Marae, Syria, July 2012.
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  • Saman responded, "Yes, but also it refers to the parallels of greek theater and tragedy to the arab spring. As the events unfolded I started seeing parallels with theater, especially evident in the group performances and the mob mentality that surround and feed the cult of personality, and also in the context of the violent demonstrations I photographed." Pictured, a Qaddafi supporter holds a portrait of the Libyan leader during a celebration staged for a group of visiting foreign journalists after regime forces re-took the city from rebels in Zawiyah, Libya, March 2011.
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  • Saman states, "After some time, I started to think about the protestors beyond the subject of a ‘news’ action picture, and instead I became obsessed with their body language, the theatrics, and performance-like rituals that I saw repeated in Cairo, Tripoli, Tunis, or Hamma. Some aspect of the Arab Spring resembled a Shakespearean tragedy, filled with plots and sub-plots, betrayal, love, death, and humor." To illustrate these "theatrics," Saman included photo collages created by the Dutch-Iranian artist Daria Birang that focus on the body language and emotion of the subjects.
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  • A photograph of Mohamad Mashour while in jail is seen on a table in Ismalia, Egypt, April 2011. Mashour was released in 2011 after serving a 10-year sentence for being an Islamist.
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  • A pretzel seller is seen near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Jan. 2013.
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  • Colonel Muammar Qaddafi is pictured after a speech to supporters in Tripoli, Libya, March 2011.
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  • Searching for survivors in the aftermath of attacks by regime warplanes in a rebel-held residential district in Aleppo, Syria, March 2013.
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  • Camels are seen at a camel market located inside a school in the village of Birqash, on the outskirts of Cairo, April 22, 2011.
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  • A pro-Qaddafi fighter kneels next to his dog in the besieged city of Zawiyah, Libya, March 2011.
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  • The Saint Virgin Mary Church is burned and looted by an Islamist mob during an episode of sectarian violence in Al Nazla, Egypt, Aug. 2013.
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  • A rebel yells "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) during close-quarters fighting in Aleppo's Old City in Syria, March 2013.
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  • The Pyramids of Giza are pictured in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 2013. To learn more about "Discordia," <a href="http://www.discordiathebook.com/" target="external">click here</a>.
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