Book ban to end, Middle East for sale (culture links)

Arab Israelis may have access to more books in Arabic soon, as Israelis plan to lift the ban on books from enemy countries like Syria, Lebanon (link found at the Literary Saloon).

How much would it cost to buy Egypt? 7 trillion, according to...a very comprehensive art project. You can see the prospectus here, or read all about Jordanian artist Oraib Toukan's project, and other work on display at the recent Istanbul Biennale.

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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.