Laila Lalami



Laila Lalami is the author of Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

The New Inquisition The New Inquisition

Alarmist tracts about immigration in Europe are debates about Muslims--not with them.

Nov 24, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

California’s Higher Education Crisis California’s Higher Education Crisis

Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts would be an unmitigated disaster for California's public universities.

Jun 12, 2009 / Feature / Laila Lalami

Looking Past Clichés Looking Past Clichés

The Visitor is that rare film that defines Arabs not as ethnic or religious stereotypes but as individuals.

May 6, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

The Fake Prince of Facebook The Fake Prince of Facebook

When a young Moroccan computer engineer created a fake Facebook profile for the Crown Prince of Morocco, the result was jail, torture and a very uncertain future.

Feb 22, 2008 / Feature / Laila Lalami

The Dot Matrix The Dot Matrix

In I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, novelist Sinan Antoon explores themes of love, loss, identity and resistance in the face of political oppression.

Jan 3, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

Beyond the Veil Beyond the Veil

A new book examines headscarf hysteria and the politics of identity in contemporary France.

Nov 21, 2007 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

Revenants Revenants

In South African writer Zakes Mda's fiction, the past hovers like a ghost--seductive and terrifying.

Oct 25, 2007 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

Letters Letters


Aug 31, 2006 / Letters / Our Readers and Laila Lalami

Naguib Mahfouz: An Appreciation Naguib Mahfouz: An Appreciation

Egypt has been deprived of its greatest living writer, and the world has lost one of its most humane literary figures.

Aug 31, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami

The Missionary Position The Missionary Position

Like radical Islamists and American interventionists, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's The Caged Virgin and Irshad Manji's The Trouble With Islam Today express great concern for Muslim women. But...

Jun 1, 2006 / Books & the Arts / Laila Lalami