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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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Do we ever hear the Iraqi stories?
George Packer has a column in the April 7 New Yorker about “how soldiers write their wars,” which should be re-subtitled: “how US soldiers write their wars.“...
This is how you experience the real Dubai and Cairo
Blogger ArabLit interviews Isabelle Mayault, editor-at-large for Uncommon Guidebooks, which has just come out with an Uncommon Dubai and has an Uncommon Cairo in...
Beirut-based magazine has big plans for Arab voices
The Outpost – which focuses on “possibilities in the Arab world” — is crowdfunding its second year in print. Our columnist ArabLit asked editor-at-large...
Following #readwomen2014? Here's a list of 12 Arab writers - one for each month.
I feel rather lukewarm about this “Year of Reading Women,” despite an earnest belief that women’s books are (generally speaking) not taken as seriously as...
This guy is trying to change the publishing business in the Arab World. Read about how he’s going to do it.
Your Middle East's literary columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey has spoken to Ashraf Maklad, founder of Kotobi.com – a major new Arabic ebookstore that recently launched...
Blogger @arablit presents 17 books we should all read 2014
Our columnist Marcia Lynx Qualey, aka "Arablit", brings us the titles set to arrive in English translations in the year ahead. Don't miss out.
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...
The new Arab man
A growing number of Arab men are not only championing the rights of women but also challenging traditional...
10 reasons to visit Erbil
The new Iraq
Always wanted to visit Iraq, but were too afraid to go because of the security issue? Erbil, in the semi-autonomous...
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,...
Former prisoners, PhDs and underground socialists - these are the six Algerian Presidential candidates
Israel and Palestinians to hold peace talks with US envoy
Displaced Syrian Christians dream of return to Maalula
Blame the media before the guns
#April13: How can we not forget?
Rethinking Arab media: Our past can help us mobilise for the future
Not so secret salsa nights in Tehran
Palestine welcomes British jazz legend
A story of Beirut's golden days. And a story of Beirut when they were gone.
Libyan oil back on global markets - after blockade that cost $14 billion
Iran says would be reliable gas supplier for Europe
Kuwait signs $12 billion oil contracts
Syrian refugee children plan for green cities and schools
Grassroots movement without ideology challenges Bouteflika
A Kurdish win could change Syria forever
Creative Marrakech is still at the top of its game
They flew to Jordan to jump out of a plane. It looks pretty awesome.
Outdoor adventures beyond the city – how to make the most of UAE this spring