• The cover of the book Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

    Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

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    From vibrators to Viagra and FGM, el-Feki unpacks the secret life of sex in the Middle East—which underpins more of its political and religious upheavals than most commentators realize. By turns gossipy, analytical, funny and outraged, this is an excellent window on what most people are really thinking about.  

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  • The cover of the book Beer in the Snooker Club

    Beer in the Snooker Club

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    This classic 1964 novel chronicles a particularly turbulent point in the relationship between Britain and Egypt: the late 1950s, when Gamal Abdel Nasser’s nationalist revolution has kicked the puppet king Farouk out of Cairo, but the British have returned to wreak havoc in Suez. Ghali neatly skewers the pretensions of the Cairene elite along with the hypocrisies of empire. 

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