Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
Bassem Youssef, Egypt
Since Egypt's revolution, Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon, has revolutionized the country's political satire arena with his online segments and, now, TV show. When the narratives on the street and state media conflicted during last year's uprisings in Tahrir Square, the absurdities struck Youssef. Through impersonations and witty takes on the day's news, he's moved beyond local slapstick fare. During a recent trip to the United States, Youssef met his match, or one of his influences, when he was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.