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The novelist’s non-fiction is a window on to a freer period in Egyptian history
Artistic creativity beyond Europe has had a vital, and sometimes decisive, influence on the west
The idea of the global novel can obscure the many ways in which African and Asian writers still grapple with the traumas of the postcolonial world
Reza Aslan’s ‘Tablet & Pen’ offers English translations of a wealth of the region’s literature from the 20th century
Leila Ahmed, professor at Harvard Divinity School, has lived through one of the great sea changes now overtaking Islam