Mohammed Thabit: Egyptian Traveller

Around the 1930s in Egypt an secondary school teacher in the government school-system made it his mission to travel the world and write about it. His name was Mohammed Thabit and every summer holiday he went on a new trip. Eventually he had been to every continent in the world (except Antarctica). After he return,…

The Modern Black History of Berlin

A few years ago in Word Power books in Edinburgh (now Lighthouse Books), I picked up a full run of 5 issues of the Berlin-based “Journal of Letters and Arts in Africa and the Diaspora”,¬†Isivivane. It is named after the Zulu word for a “pyramid-shaped heap of rough stones and earth”: As this mission statement…