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On Gender and Homosexuality in the Arab World

Saleem Haddad

Interviewed by Dima Yassine
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A conversation with Saleem Haddad on the politics of gender in the region today.  


Saleem Haddad
Saleem Haddad

Author and aid worker.

Saleem Haddad was born in Kuwait City to an Iraqi-German mother and a Palestinian-Lebanese father. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières and other international organisations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, and Egypt. His first novel, Guapa, was published in 2016, a political and personal coming-of-age story of a young gay man living through the 2011 Arab revolutions. The novel received critical acclaim from the New Yorker, The Guardian, and others, and was awarded a Stonewall Honour in 2017. Haddad was also selected as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine. He currently divides his time between London and the Middle East, where he lives with his partner and their greyhound, Jack.

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