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G. Willow Wilson's Writings

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  A comic book (and its longer cousin, the graphic novel) is made up of words and pictures. This might seem like an un-profound observation, but whenever the author of a comic book ventures into religious territory, the relationship between words and pictures becomes extremely tense. There are things the faithful only like to hear about through the...
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Red Room
When you're a Muslim bookworm, you're always preparing yourself to be sucker-punched by your literary heroes. Though you may adore the novels of a certain author and the essays of a particular journalist, you accept that they are not written for you. You are a spectator on the edge of the intended audience, and it seems like that audience is always ready for a...
Worlds in Panels (PopMatters column)
  [14 May 2009] By Shaun Huston We believe that a map—a symbol—is something we dream up to represent a real place, real people, real things. That’s not true. The maps, the symbols, are dreaming us. —Amelia Earhart, in air #6 As the world has become effectively smaller, the apparent differences between individual places have also diminished,...
Sheikh Ali Gomaa
The Atlantic
The grand mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, is peddling a new kind of radical Islam—traditionalism without the extremism by G. Willow Wilson   The Show-Me Sheikh        On the night of December 30, 2004, the streets of downtown Cairo were unusually crowded. Government police officers, conspicuous in white gaiters, stood at attention outside a...
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Eco Next: The Mechanics of Hyperpraxis Why—or more precisely, how—does a corset symbolize something very different when it is worn by Madonna than when it was worn by Victorian housewives? by G. Willow Wilson Introduction In the modern information economy, few subjects are as tension-filled as symbol-...
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New York Times Magazine
Sleepless in Cairo By G. WILLOW WILSON   During the last few years, my neighborhood in Cairo has experienced such an influx of refugees from the Iraq war that longtime residents have begun, with a mixture of affection and unease, to call it New Baghdad. Two dialects of Arabic are spoken in the streets, and there is Iraqi flatbread for sale in the local market....
Islamica Magazine
The many words and meanings for love in Arabic are reflective of Islam's comprehensiveness and depth by G. WILLOW WILSON "At the heart of all things is the germ of their overthrow," wrote Egyptian author Adhaf Soueif in her Booker-nominated novel, The Map of Love. She was indulging in a very beautifully written digression about Arabic grammar,...