Author: Marcia Lynx Qualey

Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz (11 December 19011 - 30 August 2006) Photo: Barry Iverson

Remembering Naguib Mahfouz

″A wave of light on an infinite ocean of darkness″

Portrait of the Moroccan author Muhammad Zafzaf (source: unknown)

Book review: Muhammad Zafzaf′s ″Elusive Fox″

One rule for them

Palestinian-Israeli author Sayed Kashua (photo: picture-alliance/Leemage)

Sayed Kashua′s ″Native: Dispatches from a Palestinian-Israeli Life″

His family′s grace

Egyptians queuing up to vote (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Book review: Basma Abdel Aziz′s ″The Queue″

Disturbingly prescient

Iraqi author Ali Bader at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot)

Ali Bader and ″Al-Kafira″

When Fatima became Sophie

Northern bald ibis in migration (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Unsold)

Book review: ″The New Waw: Saharan Oasis″ by Ibrahim al-Koni

Cultivating the strange

Martyrs Square, Beirut ca. 1958 (photo: Getty Images/Three Lions)

Book review ″Beirut Noir″

Chronicling life in the corrupt city

Map of North Africa (photo: fotolia)

Arabic Europe

The writers fated to "represent"

Atef Abu Saif (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/N. Nasser)

Book review: "The Drone Eats with Me" by Atef Abu Saif

A war without distinct edges

Najwa Barakat (photo: Getty Images/AFP/M. Al-Shaikh)

Najwa Barakat on Arabic literature

Combating the desertification of Arab culture

Image from the book "Walls of Freedom" by Basma Hamdy and Don Karl (copyright: El-Zeft)

Art and revolution in the Arab world in 2015

Struggling against the restoration of "order"

Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim's "The Revolt of the Young"

A revolutionary manual for older generations

Amjad Nasser (photo: Amjad Nasser)

Amjad Nasser on the role of Arab writers in Arab society

Speaking out in societies without words

Raja Alem, the only woman to win the IPAF, was joint winner in 2011 for her novel "The Dove's Necklace" (photo: DW/J. Kürten)

Women and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

How many women does it take to win the IPAF?

Jabbour Douaihy (photo: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore)

Book review: Jabbour Douaihy's "June Rain"

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A "whodunit" without the "who"

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