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Iranian Peacemakers

The international community does not really expect to read the words ‘peace’ and ‘Iran’ in one sentence, even though peace …

A Man Out Of Place

On April 9, 1951, Sadegh Hedayat entered his rented apartment in Paris, plugged all the doors and windows with cotton, …

A Quiet Town

Glancing over the headlines about Yemen today, one might be forgiven for thinking the country is an amalgamation of ‘Al-Qaeda,’ …

Fighting Mental Prisons

The French have long recognized the literary merit of Abdellatif Laâbi’s work. His writing, often compared to that of Pablo …

A Joy for All to See

As the acrid dust dies down from the war in Iraq and bullets cease to reach their human targets, it …

Lawrence of Legend

When I was spending summer afternoons copying Arabic lettering off the blackboard at Oxford University’s Oriental Institute, I would often …

Artists vs Islamists

On 13 December 2012, a large number of cultural coalitions, artists, thinkers, and intellectuals organized a protest march from Talaat …

Under Saudi Sand

Excavation of archeological sites only began in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, yet these digs have already brought an astonishing …