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Entries Tagged as 'Maghreb'

Warm Dusklands on a Very Cold New York Day

January 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Arab Culture, Berber Literature, Maghreb, Middle East, Travel

On the coldest day (so far!) of the year here in New York, why not warm up by reading Robin Yassin-Kassab‘s account of his trip through Morocco — which ends up on summer afternoon in Marrakesh where it is 47 degrees Celsius — or 116 degrees Fahrenheit! Of course, if you have my Poems for […]

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Maghreb Anthology Presentation @ NYU

September 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Algeria, Amazigh Poetry, Arab Culture, Berber Literature, Conference, Maghreb, Maghrebi Literature, Poetry, Translation

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Meddeb’s Islam & the Challenge of Civilization

June 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Arab Culture, Book Review, Intellectuals, Islam, Islamic Fundamentalists, Maghreb

If yesterday I posted Hind Meddeb’s letter from Tunis — an urgent cry for human rights &, I think, an accurate evaluation of the situation in Tunisia post-Arab Spring — I want to point today to her father, Abdelwahab Meddeb’s, latest book in English translation, out earlier this year from Fordham University press & translated […]

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Letter on (In)Justice in Tunisia by Hind Meddeb

June 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment · "Arab Spring", Freedom of Speech, Human rights, Journalism, Maghreb, Tunisia

The Tunisian poet & scholar Abdelwahab Meddeb forwarded me the following letter by his daughter Hind Meddeb, a cinematographer & journalist. It goes to the heart of the matter of how in Tunisia, the country where it started, the Arab Spring is being shunted toward yet another authoritarian police regime. This Monday, June 17, I […]

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Asymptote Review of Millennium Vol IV

April 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Criticism, Cultural Studies, Literary Magazines & Reviews, Maghreb, Poetry

Beatriz Leal Riesco reviews Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour (University of California Press, 2013) To bring together for the first time for the English-speaking public a broad range of texts from North Africa, ranging from ancient myths from the […]

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The Maghrebi anthology …

December 23rd, 2012 · 6 Comments · Anthology, Book Launch, Maghreb, Uncategorized

…or the book Habib Tengour & I kept referring to as Diwan Iffrikyia all the years we worked on it, & that UCP calls The University of California Book of North African Literature, has now its Amazon site, which does allow you to check out the table of contents and read some (20%, they say) of the […]

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Diwan Iffrikyia is Here!

December 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments · Arab Culture, Book Launch, Celebration, Literature, Maghreb, Maghrebi Literature, Poetics, Poetry, Prose, Translation

Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature Pierre Joris (Editor), Habib Tengour (Editor) order HERE In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the […]

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Latest signandsight roundups

December 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · "Arab Spring", European History, Israel, Journalism, Maghreb, Uncategorized

I haven’t had the time to catch up with signandsight in recent weeks — but here the site’s most recent posts:   Legacy of denial Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look […]

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Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

October 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · "Arab Spring", Maghreb, Poetry, Politics

The L.A. Times on 10/15 printed on its “Opinion” page a poem by Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. Below, the opening lines; you can read the whole work here. After 42 years By Khaled Mattawa  Five years old when the dictator took over in a coup — curfew shut our city down […]

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Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

October 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · "Arab Spring", Arab Culture, Intellectuals, Islamic Fundamentalists, Maghreb, Politics, Tunisia

Today Tunisians vote to elect an assembly charged with drafting a new constitution that may help bring the hopes of the Jasmine Revolution of last February to fruition by creating the basis for a truly democratic state.  The fear is, of course, that the better organized & financed religious groupings — locals such as Rachid al-Ghannouchi & […]

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