The Outpost is a magazine of possibilities in the Arab world. It works towards catalyzing a socio- cultural transformation in the Arab region by exploring and tapping into possibilities of positive change.

Launched in September 2012, the magazine is an attempt to capture the energies of a changing region and lay down possible futures. It is ambitious, multidisciplinary and forward-looking. It aims to shift perspectives and inspire action.

The magazine is published from Beirut, Lebanon, and distributed worldwide.

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  1. ISSUE 07

    The Possibility of Finding Home

    It took us one year to complete this number, during which we reached out to and collaborated with more than 200 writers, artists, creators, and thinkers from the Arab region and beyond. This is an issue about home at a time when many young Arabs are looking for one.

  1. ISSUE 06

    The Possibilities Of Our Body

    There are systematic attempts to crush and numb our body and turn it into a paralyzed, helpless, powerless, and insignificant entity. Our body is being invaded, violated, intoxicated, and numbed down. Yet if we were to be true agents of change in a region that really needs change, then our body is our foremost instrument. The revolution starts from inside our body.

  1. ISSUE 05

    The Possibility of Warming Our Hearts

    This edition is made to warm the deepest corners of your heart. We think that the world needs a good dose of positive energy right now, and this issue is our little contribution. Starting with the ice cream on the cover.

  1. ISSUE 04

    The Possibility of Rewriting Our Story

    In this issue, we examine how far a story can go in tangible changing the world. We trace the root of our narratives to better understand what they say about us, as well as the manner in which we can use them to discover ourselves and accept the commonalities and differences amongst each other.

  1. ISSUE 03

    The Possibility of Getting Lost

    In this issue, we actively chose to get lost. We invented new tools to maneuver through life, designing our present state of being by accepting where the unknown could lead us, in order to somehow custom make an exciting future. The issue presents a wide range of possibilities through infinite modes of getting lost.

  1. ISSUE 02

    The Possibility of Living Here

    The second issue of The Outpost is based on different World Makers whose creations, energies and activism are changing the Arab world upside down. These World Makers were numbered, indexed and rearranged, then connected to each other based on what they are working on. The result is a network showing the world that is constructed due to each of them making change in different clusters of activities and their interconnections.

  1. ISSUE 01

    The Possibility of Moving Forward

    Following The Outpost's inaugural issue which grounded the concept of possibility in a tangible framework of thought and action, Issue 01 was an opportunity to examine where we are today as Arabs and how we can move forward from here. It taps into conversations underlining important social, cultural and economic issue within the scope of Transport, Movement, and Evolution.

  1. ISSUE 00

    The Possibility of Possibility

    The Outpost’s first issue was released in September 2012 across the Middle East. A diverse team of investigative journalists, information designers, illustrators and photographers from different cities from around the region came together to produce the first edition.

Middle East

  • Abu Dhabi (The Space)
  • Amman (Books@ Cafe)
  • Beirut (Antoine, Virgin, Papercup, Beirut Art Center, The Little Bookshop, Mezyan, Dar Bookstore)
  • Cairo (Darb Center, Townhouse Gallery)
  • Dubai (The Magazine Shop, The JamJar)
  • Jerusalem (The Educational Bookshop)
  • Kuwait (The Yard)
  • Marrakech (Le 18)
  • Tunis (La Maison de l'Image)


  • Amsterdam (Athenaeum Boekhandel, Peer Paper Platform)
  • Austria (Zamm)
  • Berlin (Do you read me?!, BBMultiples, Westberlin bar&shop, Pro QM, Soda Books)
  • Birmingham (Provide)
  • Copenhagen (KIHOSKH)
  • Dublin (KIOZQ)
  • Hamburg (Coffeetable mags, Gudberg Nerger)
  • Istanbul (Robinson Crusoe)
  • London (Foyles, Charlotte St. News, Kioscafe, Al Saqi Bookshop)
  • Lausanne (Sérendipité)
  • Nottingham (Ideas on Paper)
  • Madrid (Magasand)
  • Munich (Soda Books)
  • Oslo (Tronsmo)
  • Paris (Shakespeare and Co)
  • Stockholm (Papercut)
  • Warsaw (Super Salon)
  • Zurich (Print Matters, Lorem Not Ipsum)

Rest of world

  • Baltimore (Atomic Books)
  • Brisbane (Künstler)
  • California (Art + Architecture bookshop)
  • Hong Kong (Kubrick)
  • Houston (Thirty Magazines)
  • New York (McNally Jackson, Idlewild Books)
  • Melbourne (The Brainery Store)
  • Montreal (Drawn and Qaurterly)
  • Quebec (Drawn and Qaurterly)
  • Toronto (Art Metropole)
  • Singapore (Magpie, BooksActually, The U Cafe, Basheer Graphic Books)

du monde

Included with Issue 01 of The Outpost is an illustrated children’s book entitled L’Origine(s) du Monde, referencing Gustav Courbet’s 1866 painting. The narrative of the book is accessible to children, but relevant to readers of any age. The message of the book centers on the fact that we are the origin of the world and tangibly share the universe. The book aims to make the idea of a shared body and a responsibility towards our actions, perfectly encapsulating some of the themes running through Issue 01.

The book is written in English, given the scope and readership of the magazine. The Arabic version, however, will be available in 2013 and distributed to schools and public libraries across the Arab world. The book is licensed under Creative Commons to encourage its dissemination, translation and adaptation in different educational and creative media. You can download a free digital copy of the book here.

The Outpost
PO Box 113-7219 Hamra
Beirut, Lebanon
00961 304 2582