Baheyya on new books

Don't miss Baheyya's reviews of new books at this year's Cairo International Book Fair: Sonallah Ibrahim's "Sneaking," Khaled al-Khamissi's "Taxi" (which I got a chance to take a look at the other day) and of course Alaa al-Aswani's "Chicago," which we mentioned earlier here. I haven't gone to the fair yet this year, but I really recommend it to anyone, even if you don't read Arabic. I am particularly interested in the latest in religious books and anything that might explain the recent increase of munaqabat (women wearing the full-face veil) in Cairo.
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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.