The Moor’s Account–Book Review

by Barbara Nimri Aziz, Dec, 2015 Counterpunch.org Stories wrapped in stories generate yet another story. Interwoven, layered tales are a feature of Arabic culture, epitomized in the extraordinary Persian story collection 1001 Nights from which it draws. So beguiling and…

Scheherazade’s Legacy

Foreword by Barbara Nimri Aziz to Susan Muaddi Darraj Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women Writing, 2004 Inevitably, a time arrives in a people’s history when a shared awakening occurs. In varying degrees of awareness, driven by the feeling…

Moroccan Director/Actor Sanaa Akroud’s Latest Screen Gem

Moroccan Director/Actor Sanaa Akroud’s Latest Screen Gem

by Barbara Nimri Aziz Dec 30, 2020 Counterpunch.org This film story by Sanaa Akroud is, like its title “Myopia”, just too simple to carry the power of a deeply moving universal message.             Fatem a hardy woman from a remote…

Re-reading “Grapes of Wrath”

Re-reading “Grapes of Wrath”

by Barbara Nimri Aziz Counterpunch.org “The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects….They crawled over the ground, laying the track and rolling on it and picking it up. Diesel tractors, puttering while they…

The Language of Miracles: a novel by Rajia Hassib

Book review by Barbara Nimri Aziz. July 2016 author Rajia Hassib A Muslim youth commits a terrible violent crime and then takes his own life. His suburban family, immigrants in the US for more than two decades is advised to…

Arab Women Authors Narrate More than Women’s Experience

Arab Women Authors Narrate More than Women’s Experience

by Barbara Nimri Aziz May 2018 Counterpunch.org A flood of women’s memoirs seem to have landed in the literary marketplace, along with quasi memoirs for children. Not only confessionals and more discoveries about our gender and its vicissitudes, but revelations…