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Cairo, Egypt

Contributors: Ahmed Shafie
Cairo, Egypt

« The modern descendant of one of humanity's oldest civilizations, Egypt today sits at a number of crossroads...Like the country itself, Egypt's literature is pulled in several directions at once, embodying both the tensions and the possibilities. »  —Chip Rossetti, Egyptian Literature Today

Pyramid of Khafre
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In the beginning of his novella “Notes from Underground”, Fyodor Dostoyevsky asks a question:
What can a decent man speak of with most pleasure?

And he answers:

Of himself.

For the past few...

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Cairo Skyline
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The undersecretary was a tall, slim, bald, nice looking old guy who would turn 60 and retire within six months of summoning me to his office. He received me with a grin that turned to a hesitant smile as he said: “...

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St. Mark's Church
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Imagine if Mohammed, prayer and peace be upon him, had authored his own life story: wouldn’t that be a treasure beside which the Quran itself might pale into insignificance—in the eyes of some Muslims, at least?...

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