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Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Contributors: Abdullah Al Wesali
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

« Writing is a human intellectual activity that depends entirely on cultural background. It is a method of expressing cultural ideas. »  —Abdullah Al Wesali, Religion and Writing in Saudi Arabia

While he was approaching the bridge's gate, his mind was re-counting carefully the cost of his about-to-be trip:

“Twenty riyals for the gate fees.” he said implicitly and continued, “Fifteen riyals for the...

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The number I dialed was engaged, so I put my mobile phone to one side. I was gripping the steering wheel with both hands when a traffic jam appeared up ahead, between the concrete barriers on the side of the road....

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The gallows had been set up that morning in the middle of town and they were still causing fear and provoking question about who might fill the noose’s swinging vacancy. The setting sun seemed to be warning the ruler...

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His mother was rapping the iqaal which his father had chosen for him around his new white ghutra, keeping it a little spread out so as to hold the cloth firmly in place. In the five years of school he’d been wearing...

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مُدُنٌ ظامئةٌ لوجوهِ النساء

في بردِ ضحى يناير المشمسِ

سرق توحدي رفيفُ ذيلِ عباءةِ إحداهن كبيرقٍ أسودٍ على رصيفِ (ستاربكس).

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During IWP’s 2014 Fall Residency in Iowa City, I encountered on more than one occasion some unusual questions and impressions about my stories.

In preparation for the residency, which lasts for 10 weeks, the...

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[Concept definition:Religion will hereby be used to refer to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, while writing refers to creative writing.]

“Catholics should consider boycotting the film "The Da Vinci Code" to...

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