Added on 11/07/2014
Africa , Ahdaf Soueif , Alexia Underwood , Cairo , Egypt , Egyptian people , Funk rock , Human Interest , journalist and researcher , Middle East , Mona Prince , Prince , Radwa Ashour , United States , writer
ALEXIA UNDERWOOD, ARABLIT: She was a presidential candidate so it’s not surprising that Mona Prince has much to say about today’s Egypt
Added on 01/03/2014
Asia , Damascus , Dima Yousf , Fawaz Azem , Fertile Crescent , Human Interest , Seleucid Empire , Syria
M. LYNX-QUALEY: A young Syrian poet writes about the horror that she has witnessed in her homeland.
Added on 24/01/2014
Aida Bamia , American University in Cairo Press , Arabic literature , author , Barbara Romaine , Entertainment/Culture , Hanan al-Shaykh , Hoda Barakat , Lebanese people , Marilyn Booth , Michelle Hartman , Paula Haydar , Radwa Ashour , Sahar Khalifeh , translator , William Granara
M. LYNX-QUALEY: I’m a less than enthusiastic participant in the ‘Women to Read’ movement but here are some writers worth spending time with.
Added on 02/01/2014
Adunis , Arabic culture , Arabic language , Arabic literature , Boulos , Christopher Tingley , Hassan Blasim , Human Interest , Ibrahim , Jurji Zaydan , Mahmoud Darwish , Sonallah Ibrahim
M. LYNX-QUALEY: ‘There’s far too much to choose from. Where do I start is?’ a common complaint. So here are a few primers.
Added on 11/11/2013
Adam Talib , Ali , Arabic language , Arabic literature , author , Culture , Entertainment/Culture , Holocaust denial , Khairy Shalaby , Languages of Africa , Languages of Asia , Mekkawi Said , Novel
M. LYNX-QUALEY: If you’re looking to communicate with an audience that is, let’s call it, less sympathetic to your views how should you go about it?
Added on 25/10/2013
author , Automobile Club , Entertainment/Culture , Girls of Riyadh , Humphrey T. Davies , Jonathan Wright , Linguistics , Literature , Marilyn Booth , Rajaa al-Sanea , Samah Selim , Translation , translator
M. LYNX-QUALEY: He’s arguably Egypt’s best-known novelist but Alaa Aswany has come under ferocious criticism from his ex-translator
Added on 09/10/2013
Arab people , Arabic literature , Entertainment/Culture , Hisham , Mahfouz , Naguib Mahfouz , One Thousand and One Nights , Religious persecution , Tawfiq al-Hakim
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Naguib Mahfouz himself saw him as the originator of the modern Arab novel. His work and his life are deserving of celebration
Added on 29/09/2013
Amira Hanafi , Arabic language , Asia , Central Semitic languages , Egyptian Arabic , Egyptian language , Languages of Africa , Languages of Asia , Languages of Egypt , Poet
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Amira Hanafi, an Egyptian-American poet, is about to embark on a novel initiative inspired by her experiences in Tahrir Square during 25th January revolution
Added on 11/09/2013
Abd al-Quddus , Ahlam Mostaghanemi , Arab people , Arabic literature , Egypt , Entertainment/Culture , Ibrahim Aslan , Literature , Maqama , Naguib Mahfouz , Richard Jacquemond , Tawfiq al-Hakim
M. LYNX-QUALEY: I confess – I read from both sides of the so-called ‘great divide’ in Egyptian literature. Should we even talk in these terms anymore?
Added on 05/09/2013
Arab literature , Fady Joudah , Neustadt , Nobel Literature Prize
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It’s the same old names who are allegedly in contention for the Nobel Literature Prize according to the oddsmakers.
Added on 16/08/2013
Arabic literature , Arabic poetry , Asian people , Edinburgh , Iraq , Iraqi people , Lauren Pyott , Nationality , Ryan Van Winkle , Saadi , Saadi Yousef , Saadi Youssef , Sinan Antoon
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Ryan Van Winkle, a Scottish poet, has been a key figure in an initiative called ‘Reel Iraq’ which has helped to give wider recognition to the country’s leading writers
Added on 23/07/2013
Arabic language , Asia , Entertainment/Culture , Fertile Crescent , Languages of Africa , Languages of Asia , Novelist , Palestinian people , Selma Dabbagh , writer
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Unlike, say South American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arab writers appear to be defined by their geography and politics
Added on 11/07/2013
Arab writers , Beirut , Carnival , Entertainment/Culture , Literature , Novel , Rawi Hage
M. LYNX-QUALEY: He came to writing late and he writes in his third language but Rawi Hage has developed a compelling, distinctive voice
Added on 29/06/2013
Entertainment/Culture , Israel , Jerusalem , Palestine , THE HERALD TRUBUNE - HAARETZ , Yitzhak Aharonovitch
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Children’s puppets represent a new target for the Israeli authorities.
Added on 16/06/2013
Ahlam Mosteghanemi , Algerian people , Arabic language , Arabic literature , Culture , Edoardo Sonzogno , Entertainment/Culture , Francesca Prevedello , Italy , Languages of Africa , Languages of Asia , Naguib Mahfouz , The Yacoubian Building , Year of birth missing
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Diving in the Red Sea is not the only pleasure from this region that is proving appealing to Italians. There is a growing interest in its literature.
Added on 10/06/2013
Alaa Abdel-Aziz , Culture Minister , Mahmoud Ghozlan , Ministry of Culture , Muslim Brotherhood , Online reports , The Guardian
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Egypt’s new culture minister has been spelling out what fits the ruling party’s view of where arts and culture fit within society in a series of interviews
Added on 05/06/2013
Asia , Business/Finance , Censorship , Computer network security , Content-control software , Information society , Internet , Internet censorship , Jordan , Press and Publications Department , Privacy , Technology/Internet
M. LYNX-QUALEY: As of June 2nd a published list of news websites have been formally banned in Jordan. What next?
Added on 27/05/2013
Abboushi , Ahdaf Soueif , Ali Abunimah , Entertainment/Culture , Gaza , Gaza Strip , Gillian Slovo , Lina Attalah , Middle East , Palestine Festival of Literature , Palestinian literature , Palestinian National Authority , Palestinian Territories , Ramallah , Tareq Abboushi
M. LYNX-QUALEY: The organisers of this year’s Palestine Lit Fest have decided to ignore, as much as possible, the physical barriers separating Palestinians
Added on 11/05/2013
Alex Zucker , Arabic literature , Culture of New York City , Elias Khoury , Entertainment/Culture , Iraq , Islam , Khouri , Literature , Novelist , PEN America , PEN American Center , PEN World Voices , Postcolonial literature , Religion , Salman Rushdie , Suzanne Nossel
M. LYNX-QUALEY: At major international writer events there seems to be an overwhelming focus on the politics of the region. Understandable but we’re neglecting a fuller picture
Added on 06/05/2013
Abu Dhabi , Emirati people , Emiratisation , Entertainment/Culture , Frankfurt Book Fair , House of Al Nahyan , Saadiyat Island , United Arab Emirates , Zayed National Museum
M. LYNX-QUALEY: My visit to the Abu Dhabi Book Fair caused me to muse on the issues of ‘localisation’ and the role that expats play in such a heavily skewed population