Arabic Women’s literature in English has come along in leaps and bounds over the past few years, but with it has come an entourage of critics. Kuwaiti novelist Laila al-Othman stood up and openly declared before a Saudi Arabian seminar that the steamy chapters in the new wave of Arabic women’s lit go a step too far. Freedom of speech, or a way for female Arabic authors to get a name for themselves? What’s the motivation behind the sheets of these racy reads?
Narlene Female, 30
Family origin: Kuwaiti-British
Religion: Muslim (Other)
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