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Fighting for a University: Interview with Saharawi Poet Hamza Lakhal

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments

Hamza Lakhal was born in El Aaiún, capital of Western Sahara, eight years after the 1975 invasion of his country by Morocco. His first poetry collection, published in Arabic by L’Harmattan-RASD, talks of a young man’s passion for his violated but resistant homeland. Joanna Allan interviews Lakhal about the struggles of a poet and activist living under a brutal and repressive occupation.

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The Absence of Contemporary Literature in Egypt’s Education System

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Tadween Editors | 0 comments
During pre-university education in Egypt, an Arabic language curriculum introduces students to literary texts that increase gradually in form sophistication and literary value. While the quality of literature increases as students climb the ranks in the education system, there is one common thread maintained throughout the education of literature in Egypt: almost none of it is contemporary.

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