Literature

Chronicling Consciousnes

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Chronicling Consciousnes

Graham Liddell reviews George Antonius' seminal work on Arab nationalism written in the early 20th century and finds a surprising affinity between Antonius' predictions and the current predicament in Palestine.

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The Precarious Human

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The Precarious Human

As events continue to unfold across the Arab world, Sophie Chamas turns to Jean Said Makdisi's memoir of the Lebanese civil war to reflect on human nature and the violence within us all.

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Sex and the Citadel: Behind the veil in the Arab world

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Sex and the Citadel: Behind the veil in the Arab world

Sex is often seen as a taboo topic, and arguably nowhere more so than in the Arab world. Sarah Zakzouk speaks to Shereen El Feki about her motivations behind her book Sex and the Citadel, and about what she hopes to achieve by lifting the veil on Muslim sexual practice.

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“We only find good literature from crisis”

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“We only find good literature from crisis”

Sarah Irving interviews influential Syrian writer Nihad Sirees about the developing situation in his native country and the implications the civil war may have on Syrian literature.

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Iraq’s missed opportunity?

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Iraq’s missed opportunity?

A recent posthumous memoir by the son of prominent Iraqi politician Mohammed Hadid leaves many questions unanswered about the viability and sustainability of Iraq's alleged "democratic moment", says Charles Tripp.

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