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29 September, 2023

World Picks From the Editors, Sept 29—Oct 15, 2023

A Markaz Review bi-weekly roundup of our editors' favorite selections from within the global arts and culture scene.

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25 September, 2023

The Mystery of Enayat al-Zayyat in Iman Mersal’s Tour de Force

Selma Dabbagh reviews a masterpiece that gives insight into the life of a remarkable woman artist striving to live on her own terms.

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25 September, 2023

Donkeys and Mules—Motors of the High Atlas Mountains

Aomar Boom describes the centrality of donkeys and mules to life in the unforgiving earthquake-shattered terrain of the High Atlas Mountains.

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25 September, 2023

Disaster and Language—the Disarticulation of Seismic Pain in Tamazight

Brahim El Guabli argues that Morocco's disaster survivors must be able to communicate in their mother tongue.

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TMR 35 • PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL

Edward Said: Writing in the Service of Life 

Academic and novelist Layla AlAmmar interrogates her life's creative and scholarly achievements against the teachings of Edward Said.

Books

Latest Essays & Fiction

Essays • 1 October, 2023

The Vanishing of the Public Intellectual

Public intellectuals no longer exist, argues Moustafa Bayoumi; they have been ursurped by "influencers."

Books • 1 October, 2023

Edward Said: Writing in the Service of Life 

Academic and novelist Layla AlAmmar interrogates her life's creative and scholarly achievements against the teachings of Edward Said.

Books • 1 October, 2023

Editors’ Picks: Public Intellectuals

The editors of The Markaz Review made the difficult choice of selecting just two of their go-to public intellectuals.

Books • 1 October, 2023

The Contemporary Literary Scene in Iran

Salar Abdoh reports from Tehran on the beauty and complexity of Iranian literature that thrives despite warring factions.

Essays • 1 October, 2023

In and Between Languages: Writing on the Fault Line

Nektaria Anastasiadou writes about her decision to pen her works using the historically fractured language of the Istanbul dialect of Greek.

Fiction • 1 October, 2023

“Silence is Golden”—a short story by Farah Ahamed

In Farah Ahamed's latest satire, one man's misunderstood greatness drives him to take preposterous action.