Blogs in February 2023

Drifts 14th February 2023

Natasha Burge was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her family lived for more than half a century. Through various departures and returns – a year at boarding school in New England, university in London, a small...

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A Hologram for the King 11th April 2021

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave...

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Sarab 1st May 2020

November 1979. Violence has broken out in the holiest site of Islam after a charismatic rebel and his devoted followers have announced the coming of the Mahdi and seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Among the insurgents is a...

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The Jewel of Medina 10th April 2020

A’isha bint Abi Bakr is the daughter of a rich merchant from Mecca in the harsh, exotic world of seventh-century Arabia at the time of the foundation of Islam. When she is married to the Prophet Muhammad at the...

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Goat Days 10th April 2020

Najeeb’s dearest wish is to work in the Gulf and earn enough money to send back home. He achieves his dream only to be propelled by a series of incidents, grim and absurd, into a slave-like existence herding goats...

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