La Formoisie

Critical Social Theory in the Middle East

January 27, 2019

Much of the recent analysis of Tunisia has taken on a tone of pessimism and anxiety about the fear of “authoritarian backsliding,” with some like Sarah Souli even going so far as to claim that “some of the healthier gains of the revolution—namely freedom of speech and...

December 11, 2018

Burj Al-Salaam, Old City of Sana'a, 2013

I wrote the word “Yemen” on the blackboard then asked my students: “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” Confused faces stared back at me. Few moments later a girl in the front row broke the silence and responded: “Famine....

June 13, 2018

Sallam speaking at the 13th AWID Women's
Rights Forum in September 2016

Today, after many long months of not doing any sports (because of frequent travel and falling sick), I decided that this should be my kick start. I took my bike to the gym and decided to try a new b...

June 8, 2018

Photo credit: @YemenPhoto on Instagram

Imagine spending hours in an overcrowded unventilated room. No matter where you turn, your nose itches with confusion after involuntarily inhaling a mix of perfumed sweat, cigarettes, and incense.  Doesn’t sound appealing, right? W...

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...

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