With competing struggles over space, identity and memory, how should understanding long-term conflict in the Middle East be addressed?
Yasmine El Rashidi, contributor to the PEN-award-winning Writing Revolution, talks about growing up learning English: exile and community, being alienated and finding her voice.
Mohammad Khatami decided not to run for President at this year’s Iranian election. Rather than a crisis of faith in Iranian politics, it merely demonstrates his unyielding allegiance to the Islamic Republic.
In our final instalment from Writing Revolution, Jamal Jubran writes lightly and candidly about growing up an outsider in Yemen, and language’s ability to empower.
In our penultimate Writing Revolution extract, Ali Aldairy tells the story of a nation’s ignored revolution as a result of a near total media blackout from international and Arab news organisations.
Our Writing Revolution extracts continue from Tunisia and its Jasmine revolution, where Malek Sghiri talks of being a student activist, his kidnapping, imprisonment and detention.
For Mohamed Mesrati, writing about Libya’s revolution is a homecoming, a rejoining. Taken from Writing Revolution, Mesrati recalls his father reading him his favourite bedtime story, in Tripoli, during the 1990s.
From Algeria, full of fear and yearning, Ghania Mouffok’s entry in Writing Revolution recounts the sad and bitter history of the country’s aborted uprisings against the status quo.
In the latest instalment from Writing Revolution, Yasmine El Rashidi talks about her life before Egypt’s revolution and how it paved the way for her involvement in mass rebellion.
‘Saudi Arabia is a mystery to me. Its history grudgingly unfolds in fits.’ In the second of our Writing Revolution extracts, Safa Al Ahmad contemplates the protest movement in Saudi Arabia.
In the first of our extracts from Writing Revolution, winner of English PEN’s translation award, Khawla Dunia explores the interplay of subjective experience and objective reportage.
The Rassd News Network has become one of the most influential news sources in the Middle East. Created within an explicitly activist framework, it raises serious questions about the future of journalism.
Have literary and cultural imagings between France and Iran since the Islamic Revolution overcome the processes of othering?