Ahdaf Soueif
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"Soueif is a political analyst and commentator of the best kind."
London Review of Books

Ahdaf Soueif is one of the finest commentators of our time. Her clear-eyed reporting is syndicated throughout the world, and these essays, written between 1981 and the present, are collected here for the first time. They are the direct result of Soueif ’s own circumstances of being, as she puts it, ‘like hundreds of thousands of others: people with an Arab or a Muslim background doing daily double-takes when faced with their reflection in a western mirror’. Whether an account of visiting Palestine and entering the Noble Sanctuary for the first time, an interpretation of women who choose to wear the veil, or her post-September 11th reflections, these selected essays are always perceptive, fearless, intelligent and necessary.

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Published in the US

" The 38 pieces collected here establish Soueif as the intellectual heir to Edward Said" (Publishers Weekly, Sept. 5, 2005)

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