Tagged: Arab Spring

A Novel about Post-Tahrir Egypt

The chapters are in Arabic (represented by English) and English.

Here is my review of Noor Naga’s If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English.

“Is it racist to believe that being sexist makes you more Egyptian?” One effect of these question headings is to suggest a meta-level of narrative discourse relating to the difference between the cultures of Noor and the “boy from Shobrakheit.” In this way, Naga can explore questions about otherer and othered, about potential reversals of the process, about who is the hegemon and who the oppressed, and how that distinction changes based on the situation.