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Marcia Lynx Qualey
Marcia is a writer and reader who runs a popular blog on Arab Literature, a subject that she also covers for Your Middle East in her biweekly column.
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Reading for pleasure: 5 great summer books
Your Middle East's literary columnist, widely known for her blog Arablit, has selected five Arab novels you need to bring for the beach this summer.
Wrapping up the Iron Man of literary festivals
Our columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey, also known as blogger Arablit, looks back at what might be the most challenging festival in the world of literature.
Time for PalFest: Experiments in translation and laughter in Gaza
Our columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey takes a look at Palestine Festival of Literature, which is currently going on in six cities at once.
Ten favorite Arabic novels…ever
Our literary columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey has compiled a very personal list of her all time Arabic novels; ten books that have shaken and stayed with her.
How a poet writes about Iraq “disintegrating before his eyes”
Late last year, Graywolf Press brought out a slim new collection of work by Saadi Youssef, co-translated by Sinan Antoon and Peter Money. Nostalgia, My Enemy collects...
The One who didn’t get the Nobel
Yusuf Idris, Egypt’s great playwright and genius of the short story, was himself a complex character. Much has been written about his moods and politics. In...
Summer reading – 3 new Arabic novels
Summer is typically the time for lighter, more accessible novels. There are a number of wonderful Arabic books out in English translation this year, but these three...
Will Egyptian satirist Belal Fadl be funny in English?
The United States has perhaps the most lucrative humor-production industry worldwide, “translateable” by virtue of the nation’s economic and military...
The capital of Arab comics: Algiers, Beirut, Cairo or Dubai?
Egyptian graphic novelist and children’s-book illustrator Achraf Abd Elazim is enthusiastic about the Arab comics scene. There are three current hubs of comic...
Saudi campaign + Bob Marley = "No woman, no drive"
The #women2drive campaign for women's right to join the busy Saudi roads has taken a rather unusual turn....
Groovy Tunisian cover of Daft Punk's hit "Get Lucky"
The major hit "Get Lucky" has received a new audience in Tunisia. Take a listen!
Five inspiring Arab fashion designers
These designers have one thing in common – they all challenge conventional ideas about fashion...
Saudi opens luxury rehab centre for Al-Qaeda militants
Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling,...
Atiaf Zaid Alwazir: The flawed media narrative on Yemen
“Reading mainstream media, one imagines that AQAP has taken over the entire country and that most Yemenis...
The ties that bind Obama to Bush run across the Middle East
The U.S. response to the Arab Spring has exacerbated anti-American sentiments in the region, weakened...
Syria's Assad to "lead during transition"
Iraq PM in talks on Syria during Iran trip
Israel denies killing and warns Hezbollah against attack
Friedman’s “The Other Arab Awakening” explained
Does women’s driving really matter in Saudi Arabia?
Bleak prospects for uniting Egypt’s fractured political spectrum
Iran arrests popular underground singer Amir Tataloo
RIP Ahmed Negm - an Egyptian poet of protest has passed away
Fear and Loathing in Sana’a
OPEC to sit tight over oil output on supply strains
Strike grips ignored southern Tunisia region
Libya hopes to restore full oil output in 10 days
Bikes big hit in checkpoint-strewn Syria capital
We want your photos from the #STREETSOFMENA
Volvo’s Van Damme commercial - Jordanian style
Ephesus – history in wonderland
Qatar Airways joins Oneworld alliance
VIDEO: Travelogue from Fujirah – sand and sea