5 Egyptian Books That Have Been Banned in 2016

5 Egyptian Books That Have Been Banned in 2016

With everyone talking about Banned Books Week days even after it’s over, I’ve decided to educate Egyptians who don’t know what it is. Today’s banned books are tomorrow’s classics. They come in all shapes, and sizes, across all genres. All you need to do is skim the list of banned books and you are bound […]

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

Censored: Banned Books in the Middle East

After hearing that Haifa Wahbe‘s songs have been banned from Egyptian state radio, we got to thinking about what else has had the honour of being categorized as banned in the Middle East. The power of the written word has always had authorities on their toes and battles with authors and publishers continues in the […]

Book Review: Flaubert In Egypt

Book Review: Flaubert In Egypt

Orientalism, erotica and the Nile

Today is the last day of Banned Books Week, a celebration of outlawed reads that started in 1982 to counter the practice of schools, libraries and universities banning books across the USA. Amnesty International turned it into a global movement, highlighting countries where authors were persecuted or jailed for their books. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Egypt […]