Tag Archives | Muzmin July 2015

Lotus Magazine

By Nida Ghouse In the wake of Youssef El-Sebai’s death, the streets of Cairo swelled in protest. On 19 February 1978, as his body arrived from Cyprus to be wrapped up in a flag and readied for a state-sponsored service, the newspapers had spread a rumour that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) was responsible and this, in turn, had spurred […]

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Timbuktu: An Old African Saying

By Akin Adesokan The news comes through to enthusiasts of African cinema eagerly following events at the 2015 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in real time: according to the magazine Jeune Afrique, the organisers of the famous festival have decided to withdraw Timbuktu, the much praised new film by director Abderrahmane Sissako, from […]

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The Pharaoh’s New Clothes

By Sophia Azeb Scene I. Arabité and its discontents The first issue of Cairo-based magazine Lotus: Afro-Asian Writings featured an extended excerpt from Léopold Sédar Senghor’s 1967 lecture at the University of Cairo, “Négritude and Arabism” (Arabité in subsequent publications).  In it, Senghor asserts that Arabic-speaking Africans – the “Arab-Berber” – played an essential role […]

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Writing the City in a Different Script

The Arabic-Afrikaans Tradition of the Cape By  Saarah Jappie A hundred years ago, Mr A. Toffee, a resident of Hanover Street in Cape Town, wrote an impassioned letter to his religious congregation. The page-and-a-half-long document was an exposé of the deceptive behaviour of several imams, which he had been the victim of. He described in […]

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