• Marina Nemat
    Exile Hangout: Iran

    Exiled writers Marina Nemat, Omid Fallahazad, Moniro Ravanipour, Shahrnush Parsipur, and Roya Hakakian talk via Google Hangout about risking imprisonment for their writing, repression against opposition writers, the government’s crackdown on free press, and the condition of writing in exile.

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  • Map of Islamic Caliphate c. 750 AD
    Sedition of the Caliphate

    Did the ‘Caliphate’ really exist as a political and religious regime for transferring authority through Islamic history? Author Hamdy el-Gazzar comments on Islamic historian Mohammad Abu Rahma’s new book about the fight for authority throughout the more than 600-year history of Caliphate rule.

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  • Map of Islamic Caliphate c. 750 AD
    Sedition of Caliphate (Arabic Text)

    Did the ‘Caliphate’ really exist as a political and religious regime for transferring authority through Islamic history? Author Hamdy el-Gazzar comments on Islamic historian Mohammad Abu Rahma’s new book on the fight for authority spanning more than 600 years of Caliphate rule.

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    Ungovernable for Us: Part One

    ‘Violence unites us.’ In this week’s column Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno begins a three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America through its tumultuous history, important figures, and rich literature.

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    Video: Writers of Generation Zero

    In this video, filmed in Cuba by Silvia Corbelle Batista and edited in Pittsburgh by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, five of the writers from Generation Zero: An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction discuss the stylistic characteristics and mission of Generation Zero.

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  • Cover: The Arena's Shout
    The Arena’s Outcry

    This week Hamdy el-Gazzar introduces us to The Arena’s Shout, a new book that studies the lexicon of the Egyptian Revolution. The book examines 650 different slogans that were chanted by protestors gathered at Tahrir Square and other public places across Egypt.

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  • Cover: The Arena's Shout
    The Arena’s Outcry (Arabic Text)

    This week Hamdy el-Gazzar introduces us to The Arena’s Shout, a new book that studies the lexicon of the Egyptian Revolution. The book examines 650 different slogans that were chanted by protestors gathered at Tahrir Square and other public places across Egypt.

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