From the Archives: Shahla Ujayli on Getting Raqqa Back Through Writing

"It is not easy for me to summarize in these lines my emotional relationship — with all its fluctuations — with Raqqa!"

From the Archives: Muhammad Abdelnabi on Writing Queer Characters

"MA: To adopt the voice of any character is a challenge, but it’s easier if the character is closer to you. In my short stories, it was my voice, the character was like me. But for Hani Mahfouz our environment and social class is very different.  I tried to forget about myself and speak like him."