Girls, Let’s Agree for Our Sake That Selim from ‘7alawet El Donya’ Doesn’t Exist in Real Life

Girls, Let’s Agree for Our Sake That Selim from ‘7alawet El Donya’ Doesn’t Exist in Real Life

By Karine ElTantawy

  For some reason – a reason we are quite aware of – Dhafer L’Abidine seems to take over social media every Ramadan. Ever since his role in ‘Ta7t ElSaytara’, women have been very public about their love for the Tunisian actor. L’Abidine plays the role of Selim this year in ‘7alawet El Donya’, and […]

If Characters on Game of Thrones Celebrated Ramadan

If Characters on Game of Thrones Celebrated Ramadan

If you haven’t noticed, the epic series that is Game of Thrones is quite popular in the Arab world. So, it is only about time that we re-imagine Westeros and Essos as places that celebrated Ramadan…because why not?       When the Khalasar prepared for 3omra       When men of the Night’s Watch, Wun Wun, and the […]

8 Books to Read if You’re in a Taboo Relationship… Or Want to Be

8 Books to Read if You’re in a Taboo Relationship… Or Want to Be

Since the beginning of time, humans have suffered from one fatal flaw: their attraction to forbidden fruit. Whether it is actually an apple or simply your best friend’s lover, the alluring temptation of the forbidden ignites something raw in people’s minds and hearts. Human nature has proven time after time that it is all about […]

10 Young Adult Novels Perfect for Reading at the Beach

10 Young Adult Novels Perfect for Reading at the Beach

  Let’s face it, the best place to be in the summer is at the beach, and as amazing as it is to escape everything and everyone in the city, it’s also great to have a literary escape as well. After all, books make everything better. Now, since you’re on holiday with a lovely view, […]

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

Book Review: ‘May We Be Forgiven’

In celebration of International Women’s Day, it seemed appropriate to review May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes, which won The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2013. The long list for this year’s prize is due out this month and the winner is announced in June. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded […]

Q&A: Sherine ElBanhawy Launches Rowayat

Q&A: Sherine ElBanhawy Launches Rowayat

Kingdom poor of principles wealth; kingdom hit, but not to death; kingdom falls. Kingdom falls, but after falls come springs. – from “Kingdom Falls” by Sherif Khairy It’s a well-known fact that Egypt is a harbinger of the region – where it slips, others plummet; when it hops, others soar. And while the hugely popular […]