M. Lynx Qualey
M. Lynx Qualey is the founding editor of the website ArabLit and co-host of the Bulaq podcast. She is a contributor to Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, published this year 2018 by the Modern Language Association.
In a digital conversation, a panel of professors and students challenged the persistent notion that race is “somehow beyond the scope” of Middle East studies.
The SAFAR Film Festival had to shift to an online format this year because of Covid-19. On the plus side, that might mean more viewers at a time when interest in Arab cinema is growing.
Despite suffering extensive damage from the port explosion, libraries and independent bookstores are resuming their role as providers of community outreach and support.
Comics and graphic novels by Arabs gain greater exposure as digital publishers promote the work of talented young artists and authors.
Women who write in Arabic face a double problem: They’re translated less often than men, and when they are, their books are often wrongly characterized.
Launched as an archives review site, Hazine is transitioning into a multilingual platform for reviews, interviews, profiles, digital-humanities tools, and more.
Mahmoud Trawri dug into the thorny history of Black Africans and slavery in the Arabian Peninsula while writing Maymouna, published in 2001. The novel is still hard to find in Saudi Arabia.
Parents in search of activities for children cooped up at home this summer can find a growing number of books, readings and games in Arabic online.
The acclaimed Lebanese poet moves easily between modes and languages. She writes for the page but also performs, and she juxtaposes English and Arabic in ways that make both feel new.
Here’s a recommended reading list of lighter works to take your mind off Covid-19. Many are inspired by the broad sweep of history across the Middle East and North Africa.