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A librarian for the pages of history

June 12, 2014

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Laurens Hesselink has made it his life’s work to preserve priceless ancient books and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century As written for Gulf News (June 12, 2014) Looking after what was quite possibly the most valuable stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, was renowned antiquarian Laurens Hesselink and owner of Antiquariaat […]

Loss and Laughter in Dubai’s Labour Camps

March 1, 2014

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As written for The Platform (March 01, 2014) Mahmoud Kaabour explains how his new docu-film, Champ of the Camp, delves deeply into Dubai’s notorious camps to expose feelings of pain and yearning  We just separated only yesterday But how will I live in this condition for ages Death didn’t come, but why have your memories come Oh long […]

Sadakat Kadri: Heaven On Earth – A Journey Through Sharī‘ah Law

April 16, 2012

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As written for Muslim Matters (April 16, 2012) “Almost 1400 years after the Prophet Muḥammad first articulated God’s law –the Sharī’ah- its earthly interpreters are still arguing over what it means. Hardliners reduce it to amputations, veiling, holy war and stoning. Others say that it is humanity’s only guarantee of a just society. In Heaven On Earth, the […]

Yahia Lababidi proves aphorisms are alive and well

January 30, 2012

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As written for The National, UAE (January 30, 2012)  To merely call the Egyptian-Lebanese author Yahia Lababidi a “poet” would be like heinously dedicating a blank notebook to a specific purpose – limiting the many possibilities of potential expression to just one. For Lababidi is not just a rhapsodist, but also an essayist, and even […]

EAIFL: An Interview with Alexander McCall Smith – The Humble Scot

March 14, 2010

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When I scored an interview with Alexander McCall Smith, I was so ecstatic that I walked into the room without my pen and notepad. Only after excusing myself to hurry out and get them, did we finally sit down for an interview. Sorry, chat. Best known as the man behind The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency […]

EAIFL: An Interview with Ian Whybrow – On Writing for ‘Little People.’

March 12, 2010

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Some might have grown out of the books they used to read as a child, but for others it’s harder to let go. I managed to catch a quick chat with Ian Whybrow at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature this evening; best-selling author of over a 100 children’s books, so well-received that they’ve been […]