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Book Club: Massoud Hayoun's intimate memoir weaves family history with politics in a powerful exploration of Arab Jewish identity.

Noam Chomsky, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Arundhati Roy were among the public figures to call for the release of prominent Egyptian activist Sanaa Seif.

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part II

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that is reshaping our world.

Preserving the memory of the Nakba in Palestinian <em>literature</em>

Ramona Wadi

Preserving the memory of the Nakba in Palestinian literature

Literature has always been a critical tool in communicating the Palestinian experience of exile and loss.

Waqas Ahmed: The Muslim renaissance man championing human versatility

Sadek Hamid

Waqas Ahmed: The Muslim renaissance man championing human versatility

The New Arab Meets: Author Waqas Ahmed, whose new book champions the power of human versatility and explores the importance of cross-discipline ...

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2019

Book Club: The New Arab rounds up some of the best reads written in English by Arab authors this year.

Sam Hamad

Genocide denier Peter Handke's Nobel Prize embodies Europe's Islamophobia

Comment: Awarding the Nobel prize for literature to 'genocide denier' Peter Handke reflects the Islamophobia and fascism of our times, ...

Mel Plant

The post-2013 Egyptian identity of The Book of Cairo

Book Club: The Book of Cairo is a fantastic exploration of new Egyptian literature and Arab authors in English.

Ruby Hamad

Aladdin: A whole new world for diversity in Hollywood

Comment: For the first time in 100 years of seeing Arabs mocked, demonised, or ridiculed on the silver screen, Aladdin is a clear step forward, ...

Blacklisting the Brotherhood has nothing to do with 'anti-terrorism'

Mohamad Elmasry

Blacklisting the Brotherhood has nothing to do with 'anti-terrorism'

Comment: Trump's push to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a 'terror group' has more to do with Islamophobia and authoritarianism, than 'fighting ...

Ilham Essalih

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim voices

Book Club: From short stories, to poetry and essays, The Things I would Tell You, successfully shows the diversity among British Muslim women, ...

Dina Torkia's Modestly gives uplifting representation of Muslim women

Ilham Essalih

Dina Torkia's Modestly gives uplifting representation of Muslim women

Book Club: Dina Torkia's debut book embraces style, entertainment and emotion, successfully portraying a refreshing, positive and uplifting ...

New Arab feminism: Consciousness, art and action

Khadija Hamouchi

New Arab feminism: Consciousness, art and action

Feminism today is shaping its way across horizontal channels, conveying multiple messages to a larger and more diverse audience, writes Khadija ...

London's only Arab film festival showcases classic literary worlds

Sarah Khalil

London's only Arab film festival showcases classic literary worlds

The SAFAR Film Festival returned to London on Thursday with screenings of classic and contemporary Arab films, many of which have never been ...

Nobel laureate V S Naipaul dies at 85

The New Arab & agencies

Nobel laureate V S Naipaul dies at 85

Literary giant V S Naipaul, known for his controversial and divisive views, has died at his home in London.

The New Arab

Egyptian literary pioneer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik passes away

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik has died aged 55, a writer with a vision who transformed contemporary Arab literature.

Andrew Leber

Iraq 2003: A mechanical and wilful forgetting

Comment: The United States inflicted terrible damage on another people for no clear reason and no clear gain, writes Andrew Leber.

Fadi O. Al-Naji

Tobacco tax leaves Gazan dreams up in smoke

In-depth: Addicts are facing prison for their debts rather than getting help to quite, reports Fadi O. Al-Naji.

Jordan Elgrably

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

It's refreshing to remember that the terrorists depicted in western media and entertainment as modern-day bogeymen represent but an ...

'Me Too' in MENA

Hadani Ditmars

'Me Too' in MENA

Blog: Harassment is a universal experience for women, writes Hadani Ditmars.

The New Arab

Egyptian academic accused of 'glorifying Satan' after teaching poem

Egypt's Suez University suspended a lecturer for allegedly 'glorifying Satan', after receiving complaints that a 17th century poem was taught in ...

Arabic lit magazine features longlisted novels for top prize

The New Arab

Arabic lit magazine features longlisted novels for top prize

Arabic translation literary magazine Banipal has released this year's summer issue, which is dedicated to highlighting recently longlisted works ...

Did Donald Duck lead Muslim prayers in <em>Egyptian</em> village?

The New Arab

Did Donald Duck lead Muslim prayers in Egyptian village?

An image of men dressed as cartoon characters seemingly leading Eid prayers in an Egyptian village has lead to a denial from officials ...

Tributes paid to renowned Arabic <em>literature</em> translator Denys Johnson-Davies

The New Arab

Tributes paid to renowned Arabic literature translator Denys Johnson-Davies

Denys Johnson-Davies, known for his major contributions to Arabic literature in translation, passed away in Cairo on Monday at the age ...

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