Wardam's top 20

Batir Wardam's "top 20 Arab thinkers and writers of the past 25 years" makes for some interesting, and controversial, reading.

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.