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Inscriptions in the Desert

I’ve written an essay for┬áThe New Yorker‘s Culture Desk about the fascinating research of Ahmad Al-Jallad, a scholar of Semitic linguistics and ancient epigraphy. The first few paragraphs of the piece are below, with a link to the rest on the magazine’s webpage. Some readers may also be interested in a piece I wrote about … Continue reading

One and Many

I’ve written a review of Eugene Rogan’s new book, for the Friday Review section of The National. The first couple of paragraphs are posted below, and you can read the whole thing on the newspaper’s website. The Arabs: A History There is something almost old-fashioned about the idea of a book-length history of the Arabs. … Continue reading

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