Shame
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Shame

She tilted her head to the left and scrunched her nose. “Do I know you?” I replied sheepishly. Yeah, I came here a while back… “Yeees, a long time ago! I remember you, come in!” I followed her inside, and took my place in the space where her hand guided me. I sat back, and … Continue reading

Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen [Diaspora Offspring]
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Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen [Diaspora Offspring]

This is the preface to what will hopefully be an actual manual, also titled Shuffa3 Almughtaribeen. Pray for me, y’all. ____________________________________________ A letter from the Chairman of the Invisibility Committee. “Bita3rifi almashla3eeb?” (Do you know what a ‘mashla’eeb‘ is?) “Tayib, algargareeba?” (How about a ‘gargareeba‘?) “Tayib, bita3rifi alsifinja? Ma albilbasooha fil kuraa3 – altania” (Okay, … Continue reading

“Hanz! Kitab Al3arabi!”*
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“Hanz! Kitab Al3arabi!”*

* “Hanz! Bring the Arabic book!” This is the phrase my father uses to describe what it was like getting his children to learn Arabic. Specifically: Going over Arabic lessons with you was much like a torture scene out of a Nazi movie, “Hanz! Kitab al3arabi!” While my brain has opted to spare me of … Continue reading