The Boy JihadiAugust 2015
For a year or more before the six months that we spent preoccupied with our strange visitor, counterterrorism was our spiritual life.
Our Lady of ZeitounJune 2015
Firas rested his head on the back of the sofa, lost in the smoke. He wondered what that meant: a world where you can run wild.
Yasmin El-Rifae: The Air Was Hot with Hysterical NationalismAugust 2014
A year after the Raba’a massacre in Cairo, one writer struggles to redraw her relationship to the city.
Angela Boskovitch: Expressions of EmotionApril 2013
An artist catalogs usage of a versatile Egyptian swear.
Robyn Creswell: Arabic Rhetoric Gets an Acid BathMarch 2013
The Paris Review editor on his new translation of That Smell by Sonallah Ibrahim.
Aaron Labaree: Counter-Jihad Takes to the “Information Battle-space”September 2012
A look inside Pamela Geller’s 9/11 "Stop Islamization of Nations" conference reveals apocalyptic language, racial paranoia, and surprising links to the political mainstream.
Photographer Julien Chatelin’s images capture Egypt’s surreal and absurd rural landscape; a road that leads to nowhere.
Maurice Chammah: After the RevolutionJune 2012
A year after the Arab Spring, Egyptian voters must choose between a Mubarak minister and a Muslim Brotherhood candidate. How did we get from Tahrir Square to here?
Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif SpeaksApril 2012
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O'Toole.
SelmeyyahMarch 2011 Egyptian novelist and activist Ahdaf Soueif on when she knew the revolution would succeed, the role Al Jazeera and social networking played, and the irresponsible reporting on Lara Logan’s attack.
The True Story of Fresh SpringsBy Gretchen McCullough
April 2010 The detectives flashed their I.D.’s, just like they’d seen in the movies. They were simple boys from the countryside who needed a job. She them let in.