Critical Muslim | 09

The Maghreb

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January 2014 9781849043946


Robin Yassin-Kassab has an enlightening sojourn in Morocco; Hicham Yezza examines the role of the Berbers in the Arab Spring; Marcia Lynx Qualey is dazzled by the transformative power of Maghrebi poetry; Louis Proyect spends some time with the Jews of the Maghreb; Cécile Oumhani provides a daily account of the Tunisian revolution; Paul Mutter tangles with al-Qaeda in Mali; Robert Irwin wonders if Ibn Khaldun had a mystical vision of history; Julia Melcher explores the absurd world of exiled western writers in Tangiers; John Liechty attempts to get a US visa for his Moroccan wife; Jamal Bahmad watches some revolutionary films; Arie Amaya-Akkermans admires Algerian art; and Anissa Helou tastes some Moroccan street food.


Table of contents

A Moroccan Journey – Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Berbers and the Arab Spring — Hicham Yezza

Poetry, Identity, and Power — Marcia Lynx Qualey

The Jews of the Maghreb — Louis Proyect

Diary of the Tunisian Revolution — Cécile Oumhani

Al-Qaeida in Mali — Paul Mutter

Moroccan Street Food — Anissa Helou

Ibn Khaldun and History — Robert Irwin

Western Writers in Tangier — Julia Melcher (William S. Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams and others)

An American Abroad — John Liechty’s attempts to get a US visa for his Moroccan wife

Revolution in Maghrebi Cinema — Jamal Bahmad

Algerian Art — Arie Amaya-Akkermans

Skirting on the Surface — by Amal Hanano (Extract of a novel set in the Maghreb)

Two Poems by George Szirtes


Ziauddin Sardar is an award-winning, internationally renowned writer, futurist and cultural critic. A former New Statesman columnist and Equality and Human Rights Commissioner, he has authored many books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; Reading the Qur'an; and Mecca: The Sacred City. He is editor of the influential quarterly Critical Muslim.  

Robin Yassin-Kassab, co-editor of Critical Muslim, is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Road From Damascus (Penguin). Born in west London, he has lived and worked in France, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Oman. He is a regular contributor to the literary pages of The Guardian and The Independent.

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