Hosted ByUrsula Lindsey & M Lynx Qualey

BULAQ is a podcast about contemporary writing from and about the Middle East and North Africa. We talk about books written in Aleppo, Cairo, Marrakech and beyond. We look at the Arab region through the lens of literature, and we look at literature -- what it does, why it matters, how it relates to society and history and politics -- from the point of view of this part of the world. BULAQ is hosted by Ursula Lindsey and M Lynx Qualey and co-produced by Sowt.

Palestinian literature: regrets, tough choices and teen adventures

President Trump just recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – a move that acknowledges only a single Israeli narrative. We discuss Palestinian writers and how they write about their relationships with Israelis; about living with trauma and danger; about coming of age under occupation. We also look at the emerging field of children’s and young adult literature in Arabic.

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Books mentioned in this podcast

Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape

By Raja Shehadeh

Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine

By Raja Shehadeh

Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine

By Raja Shehadeh

Time of White Horses: A Novel (Hoopoe Fiction)

By Ibrahim Nasrallah

Gaza Weddings: A Novel (Hoopoe Fiction)

By Ibrahim Nasrallah

The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary

By Atef Abu Saif

Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (Literature of the Middle East)

By Mahmoud Darwish

Describing the Past (The Arab List)

By Ghassan Zaqtan

Ghaddar the Ghoul and other Palestinian Stories (Folktales from Around the World)

By Sonia Nimr

A Little Piece of Ground

By Elizabeth Laird

Code Name: Butterfly

By Ahlam Bsharat

The Servant

By Fatima Sharafeddine

What Happened to Zeeko

By Emily Nasrallah

Sidewalk Salon Cairo: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo (OMP)

By Manar Moursi and David Puig

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