How Mahmoud Darwish Inspired a Poetry Movement in Assam, India

The off-London Book Fair podcast explores the Miyah poetry movement that was sparked in April 2016 when poet Hafiz Ahmed composed "Write Down I Am a Miyah," an echo of Mahmoud Darwish’s "ID Card," and shared it on social media.

5 Must-read Memoirs (and Not-quite-memoirs)

Assembly Journal, for their "five books" series, asked me to come up with a list of five Arabic books. The field was too dizzyingly wide. Even when I narrowed my topic to "memoirs and not-quite-memoirs," it was a difficult winnowing process: What about Galal Amin's Nectar of the Years? Well, it hasn't been translated into English, so that's that, I suppose. Sayyid Qutb or Huda Shaarawi's memoirs, for their historical and political importance? Taha Hussein's classic The Days? (But hasn't everyone already read The Days?)