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El-Bab El-Maftouh: The Story of a Woman Who Breaks Down Social Barriers

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El-Bab El-Maftouh: The Story of a Woman Who Breaks Down Social Barriers

“Eh heya el osoul?” But what are these traditions and customs that we’re always told we need to abide by, Laila often demands of her mother in frustration. Lateefa El Zayat’s voice reaches us through Laila’s, and echoes with all of us to this day, over fifty years later. Laila is a middle-class Egyptian living in…

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Celebrating Arabic on International Mother Language Day

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Celebrating Arabic on International Mother Language Day

February 21st is International Mother Language Day! Celebrated since 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  in an effort to preserve all languages in the world, it’s a great day to recognize the beauty and power of Arabic language here in Egypt. February 21st was particularly chosen to commemorate Pakistani students…

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7 Books to Get You Reading Arabic

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7 Books to Get You Reading Arabic

Many of us have been brought up and educated in languages other than our mother tongue, making us unwilling, unable or intimidated to read Arabic books. We don’t realize, however, until we do venture into some Arabic literature, how profoundly deep it is. Because of the richness of the language itself, good Arabic writing is…

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