Hassan Fattah in Mecca

Hassan Fattah, the former editor of the sadly defunct Iraq Today, has resurfaced in the NYT, writing about Mecca's unlikely liberalism.

Update: Related is this report by Brian Whitaker.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.