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A treasure trove of Egyptian food
Hala N. Barakat | An Iraqi food writer unearths and translates a manuscript on Egyptian medieval cooking
A tale of two glass houses: On Egypt’s Craftsmen by Omar Taher and Glass House by Brian Alexander
Hadil Ghoneim | The sad history of a factory in Shubra is in some ways mirrored by the story of a factory in Ohio
The impossibility of a life in the in-betweens: The Diaries of Waguih Ghali
Lara El Gibaly | A look at Volume 1 of Waguih Ghali's diary ahead of the 2nd installation's release
6 summer reading recommendations from Mada
Heba El-Sherif, Lara El Gibaly, Laura Bird, Maha ElNabawi and Rowan El Shimi | Five of us have chosen six diverse novels, most of which are available in Egypt’s bookstores.
How do we write about Palestine? 2 collections, 2 answers
Marcia Lynx Qualey | And why read parachute writers, even if they’re famous?
The pain of losing Syria: On Alia Malek’s The Home That Was Our Country
Tamara Alrifai | If you only read one book about modern-day Syria, this should be it
A nation against the intimate realities of a family: On Hisham Matar’s The Return
Jailan Zayan | Jailan Zayan, who fled Libya as a child with her family, discusses Hisham Matar's moving memoir
All That Rubbish: Ezzedine Choukri Fishere’s second brutal revolution novel is a triumph
Sherif Abdel Samad | Exit Door conveyed an optimistic view of the future, but All That Rubbish is much more sober
A Sky Close to our House: A novel that spins out of control
Ismail Fayed | Shahla Ujayli's novel about a Syrian exile is convincing but problematic.
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Religious Difference in a Secular Age: Book review
The Egyptian state’s pretense of secularism is central to Saba Mahmood’s latest monograph, Religious