Easter Special: The Coming of the Christ

This is a short Easter post about a book published in Khartoum about the End Times. It was published by an Armenian Christian called Boghos Enfiedgian in 1971 and is mostly a statement of what will happen when the end of days comes. The book itself is separated into three sections. What God has done in…

Pierre Cachia: 1921-2017

This morning brought news of 2 bombings in Tanta and Alexandria. The night before an obituary of Pierre Cachia appeared in my inbox. I don’t know what to say about the terrible events in Egypt. It is very hard to say anything now. I do have some thoughts to write about Pierre Cachia, the great scholar of Arabic literature….

Who Killed President Kennedy?

This winter in Sufi Bookshop in Zamalek I picked up the October 1964 issue of al-Katib magazine. It took it off the shelf, in part because of its elegant cover and also because it is an interesting 1960s political and cultural journal. This edition contains articles on “The battle between left and right in Islam”, “The dictatorship…