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“Reading the Middle East with Gilles Kepel” is Al-Monitor‘s newest podcast, where renowned French scholar Gilles Kepel interviews the ground-breaking authors and thought leaders who are both shaping and explaining the complex trends in the Middle East and Islamic world. Kepel, one of Europe‘s leading experts on Islamism, the Middle East and North Africa, is a professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (Sciences Po). His numerous books — which include ”Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam,” ”The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West,” ”Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East,” and ”The Prophet and the Pandemic” — have been translated into seventeen languages.

”The eighteen days of the revolution were the best days of my life,” says Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany

October 6, 2021

Renowned Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany, author of the award winning The Yacoubian Building, discusses his experience during the Egyptian revolution and his book, The Republic of False Truths, which was released in English this year. “The Egyptians I lived with in Tahrir Square have nothing to do with the Egyptians I used to live with before the revolution," Aswany tells Gilles Kepel. "They are probably the same people, but something happened, and this something is great."

 

Biography of Alaa Al Aswany:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2069280/alaa-al-aswany/

 

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