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Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this year.

Book Club: Emad Mirmotahari's comprehensive study of Islam in Eastern African fiction reimagines the region's multi-ethnic and multi-religious history.

Former <em>Zanzibar</em> sultan settles in Oman

The New Arab Staff

Former Zanzibar sultan settles in Oman

Former Zanzibar Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah Al-Said is believed to have landed in Oman after living for 50 years in the United Kingdom.

Zanzibar's forgotten legacy of slavery and ethnic cleansing

Amr Salahi

Zanzibar's forgotten legacy of slavery and ethnic cleansing

The 1964 mass killings in Zanzibar and the slavery which preceded them highlight uncomfortable issues about Arab-African relations at a ...

Love, slavery, madness and abuse: Celestial Bodies

Ilham Essalih

Love, slavery, madness and abuse: Celestial Bodies

Book Club: Celestial Bodies is a complex intergenerational story set in the Omani village of al-Awafi, covering themes of love, slavery, madness ...

Sarah Al Derham

Social Commentary: The 'khaleeji' cultural and modern identity struggle

Identity is not defined and set by a certain place or a group of people, it is much more fluid and personal, Sarah Al Derham writes.

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands mourn Morocco fishmonger crushed in rubbish truck

Thousands of Moroccans on Sunday attended the funeral of a fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck crusher has caused outrage across ...

The New Arab

Egypt closes consulates, withdraws 40 diplomats to save money

Egypt's deficit-driven austerity plan sees cutbacks in diplomatic staff and missions across Africa, as authorities slash external representation ...

Paul Mcloughlin

Fear and pride as Oman looks to the future

As Oman celebrates its 44th national day, the poor health of Sultan Qaboos mean thoughts inevitably turn to succession. His rule saw the country ...

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