Intimacies From An Awful War: “For Sama” by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Intimacies From An Awful War: “For Sama” by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts

 JUL 31, 2019, ArabAmerica. If you think you’ve seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven’t. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends…

Film Review: Midnight (Afghan) Travelers — Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers

Film Review: Midnight (Afghan) Travelers —  Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers

By Barbara Nimri Aziz, May 1, 2020 For two decades now, following U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, then Iraq, and as we approach ten years of upheaval in Syria and five in Yemen, interpretation of these wars has been the domain…

Muslim Heroines Find their Way into New American Literature

Muslim Heroines Find their Way into New American Literature

By Barbara Nimri Aziz, June 21, 2020  Years ago in John Killins’  writers’ workshop of largely African Americans, one member woefully explains the thwarted plot of her novel in progress: — how, despite her effort to feature a Black hero:…