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Muhammad Zafzaf’s ‘The Elusive Fox’: Turning the Euro-American Story about Morocco Inside Out

From a review of Muhammad Zafzaf’s The Elusive Fox, trans. Mbarek Sryfi and Roger Allen, that can be read in full at Qantara, “One rule for them.”

It opens:


The ′60s generation of US writers was shaped by a Morocco that emerged in the

Small Win: Poet Dareen Tatour Will Serve House Arrest at Home in Reineh

On July 18, Dareen Tatour’s hearing — to have her house arrest shifted from being alone outside Tel Aviv to her own village outside Nazareth — was postponed:

Photo: Zahi Khamis. Previously appeared on Mondoweiss.

But today word comes from Yoav Haifawi that

On Who Shouldn’t Read Ibn al-Nabulusi and Grammar-nerd Humor in 13th Century Egypt

This interview, the second in a two-part series, also appears at the Library of Arabic Literature website:


Luke Yarbrough’s interests, he says, lie at the intersection of intellectual, political, and administrative histories in the pre-modern Middle East. Yarbrough, an assistant

A True Loss in Translation: The Edited English Version of Khaled Khalifa’s In Praise of Hatred

What happens when the end is removed from Khaled Khalifa’s In Praise of Hatred?

By Ina Kosova



Khaled Khalifa, speaking at Duke University in February 2016, suggested he had not been notified of his publisher’s decision to remove the fourth chapter from the English

Ibn al-Nabulusi and the Reasons to Translate Bigot Lit

This interview also appears at the Library of Arabic Literature website:

Translator Luke Yarbrough.

Luke Yarbrough’s interests, he says, lie at the intersection of intellectual, political, and administrative histories in the pre-modern Middle East. Yarbrough, an assistant

Renaissance in Four Voices: Four Women Writers Celebrated in Beirut

On the seventh of July, PEN Lebanon will celebrate four women writers: Rasha al-Ameer, Elfriede Jelinek, Leila Baalbaki, and Ingeborg Bachmann:


Of these four women writers, one hasn’t had a book translated into English, despite her prominence in Arabic: Leila

On Eid al-Fitr, Literature that Remembers Those in Prison, House Arrest, and in Exile

“We were…just leaving behind Eid al-Fitr,” Egyptian novelist and poet Omar Hazek wrote in one of his open letters from prison. “It is the hardest stretch of time for any prisoner, and only those who have experienced prison know what it means to spend the holidays far from

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