Category Archives: Books

Nihad Sirees, courtesy of Southbank Centre

Sirees: Photocopier malfunction DID lead to worker’s torture

A tale in which a civil servant is tortured because of an accidental blot on a dictator’s face is true, Syrian author Nihad Sirees has said. Sirees confirmed the story, in which the employee is blamed for the malfunction of

Nihad Sirees, courtesy of Southbank Centre

Sirees: Photocopier malfunction DID lead to worker’s torture

A tale in which a civil servant is tortured because of an accidental blot on a dictator’s face is true, Syrian author Nihad Sirees has said. Sirees confirmed the story, in which the employee is blamed for the malfunction of

Image: London by Jim Linwood

Yassin-Kassab: After two years of conflict, London would be as extreme as Homs

Londoners would also see the rise of extremism and gangsters if they had experienced the conflict of Syrian cities, a British-Syrian writer has argued. Robin Yassin-Kassab, a journalist who also wrote The Road to Damascus and is a prominent blogger,

Image: London by Jim Linwood

Yassin-Kassab: After two years of conflict, London would be as extreme as Homs

Londoners would also see the rise of extremism and gangsters if they had experienced the conflict of Syrian cities, a British-Syrian writer has argued. Robin Yassin-Kassab, a journalist who also wrote The Road to Damascus and is a prominent blogger,

Coming up: Syria Speaks, Iranian shadows, exclusive film screening

Writing: Syria Speaks Making sense of what is happening in Syria right now can be difficult, so the Southbank Centre has drafted in three Syrian writers to help interpret the situation. Famed Arabic novelist Nihad Sirees, whose first English language

Coming up: Syria Speaks, Iranian shadows, exclusive film screening

Writing: Syria Speaks Making sense of what is happening in Syria right now can be difficult, so the Southbank Centre has drafted in three Syrian writers to help interpret the situation. Famed Arabic novelist Nihad Sirees, whose first English language

Brownbook Magazine Middle East art culture lifestyle London

Breaking down stereotypes, one magazine at a time

It all began when a Lebanese man called Ali Khadra ditched his job in airline catering to follow his passion for art. In 2004, after more than 12 years in the hospitality industry he founded boutique-publishing house Mixed Media Publishing.

Brownbook Magazine Middle East art culture lifestyle London

Breaking down stereotypes, one magazine at a time

It all began when a Lebanese man called Ali Khadra ditched his job in airline catering to follow his passion for art. In 2004, after more than 12 years in the hospitality industry he founded boutique-publishing house Mixed Media Publishing.

Brian Whitaker explores homosexuality in Middle East

Talk: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East

Brian Whitaker is to speak tonight on homosexuality in the Middle East this evening, as part of London’s Nour Festival taking place this month. Whitaker, previously Middle East editor for the Guardian, tackled the issue head on in his book,

Brian Whitaker explores homosexuality in Middle East

Talk: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East

Brian Whitaker is to speak tonight on homosexuality in the Middle East this evening, as part of London’s Nour Festival taking place this month. Whitaker, previously Middle East editor for the Guardian, tackled the issue head on in his book,