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Laila Lalami

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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami, the author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, is an associate professor of creative writing at the university of California, Riverside. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, will be published next year.


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In his newest novel The Last Friend, Tahar Ben Jelloun draws
from his experiences as a writer and activist under Morocco's
repressive monarchy.

Abdulrazak Gurnah's seventh book, Desertion,
revisits the theme of exile and expands it to relationships---between
lovers, between families, between countries.


What the debate over terrorists seems to miss is the personal dimension: personal failures and personal grievances of the lone gunmen.
The young people protesting in Arab capitals right now want a meaningful break with the status quo and, in many ways, that means a break...
A Moroccan single mother has earned the sad distinction of being the first Arab woman to commit political self-immolation.
I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time keeping track of who is responsible for the Arab uprisings.
Two days ago, thousands of young people held street protests throughout Morocco to demand constitutional reforms. What's next?
A new generation of Moroccans wants dignity—and that is only possible in a true democracy.
Morocco, long considered one of the most stable Arab countries, is not immune to the unrest sweeping the region.
In the mounting rhetoric, what is getting lost is the fact that a reporter has been sexually assaulted.