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Taming the Immigrant: Musings of a Writer in Exile

Former prisoner and Egyptian writer in exile Ahmed Naji contemplates what it means to be a "brown writer" in exile in America.


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24 Jan 2022 •

Arabic and Latin, Cosmopolitan Languages of the Premodern Mediterranean and its Hinterlands

Justin Stearns, a scholar of the pre-modern Muslim Middle East, reviews the new book by Karla Mallette on the fascinating history of two of the world's great languages.

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24 Jan 2022 •

Mapping an Escape from Cairo’s Hyperreality through informal Instagram archives

Even as the despotic rulers of post-revolution Egypt attempt to remake greater Cairo, hoping to gloss over the regime's dismal human rights record, one writer sees through the smoke and mirrors.

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