La Formoisie

Critical Social Theory in the Middle East

May 30, 2018

This sitara decorated our wall in Sana'a, then Tunis and now Lille. It desperately needs to be washed but I don't want to lose the bukhoor scent of a 'once upon a time' qat--filled room. I'm afraid that if the smell disappears or the colors lose the...

May 21, 2018

My father (Baba) was raised on stories of the sweetness of the grapes in Sarise. I, however, was raised on Baba stories about his life in a Palestinian refugee camp.

                      Hammad on his skateboard in Detr...

May 20, 2018

Atiaf Alwazir's old neighborhood in the old city of Sana'a, Yemen. Alwazir tells us that, "The three row homes on the left have been destroyed by a bomb."

May 13, 2018

The photo my daughter tried to hug of my former neighborhood in the old city of Sana’a.

In her high pitched toddler voice, my daughter asked: “A-maan?” as she pointed to a photograph above our dining table. “Aywa habeebati, that’s Yemen,” I nodded and then planted five...

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