“I needed to talk about the real, everyday struggles of war, about the huge dissonance between the ‘un-noble’ need to go to the bathroom and the noble-sounding calls to sacrifice oneself for one’s country.”
Egyptian short-story writer, novelist, and translator Ibtihal Salem died early Saturday at the age of 66.
In January of this year, nine acclaimed Arab women writers chose favorite books by other Arab women writers.
“It is a big challenge and clear in the number of women authors who’ve made it with no compromises.”
In 2006, “Vagina Monologues”-inspired projects launched in Lebanon (“Women’s Talk”) and Egypt (“BuSSy”). In 2012, a similar project launched in Morocco (“Dialy”), although it’s had different struggles.
“Modern historians, I think, would probably pooh-pooh it as a work of history, and I think they would be quite wrong to do so.”
Among other events, Egyptian writer Nawal al-Saadawi kicks off a two-week tour around England and Scotland on International Women’s Day.
Algerian novelist Assia Djebar — frequently mentioned as a Nobel Prize contender and one of the “immortals” of the Académie Française — has died in a hospital in Paris.
The Journey of Hyenas (2013) by Egyptian writer Soheir al-Musadafah, sets the a story of a woman’s seventh-century slavery against the present day.
Nine acclaimed Arab women writers choose favorite novels or collections by other Arab women writers.
How do Gulf women writers adopt — or challenge — nationalist narratives?
On March 22 and 23, Ain Shams University’s Department of English Language and Literature held a two-day conference in honour of Professor Radwa Ashour. Contributor Amira Abd El-Khalek reports from the first day.