Will the Real ‘Carrie Bradshaw of the Middle East’ Please Come Forward?

This post was written by M. Lynx Qualey and originally appeared on her blog Arab Literature (in English).Last Friday, the Independent reported that poet Joumana Haddad has been called the “Carrie Bradshaw of Beirut.”Yesterday, National Public Radio said that Ghada Abdel-Aal, blogger and author of Ayza Atgowaz (now a Ramadan TV series), is “Carrie Bradshaw in a headscarf.”I certainly don’t object to analogy: It’s how we humans structure knowledge. And, while Haddad found the characteriz … [Read more...]

Jasad: Sex, Fetishes, and the Erotic in a new Arabic Glossy

Sex.Always an attention getter.So there's no wonder why Jasad, or "Body," a new quarterly Arabic magazine published in Lebanon, is making waves in the Arab world by promising to "deal with the forbidden," the *gasp* human body. The magazine's logo is 'body' spelled in Arabic and the first letter is a broken handcuff, alluding to the taboos the magazine breaks. An article in the Guardian reports: Officials of Hizbullah, the powerful Lebanese Shia movement, tried to close Jasad's stand at … [Read more...]