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Jokha Alharthi: ‘A lot of women are really strong, even though they are slaves' - Dotemirates
08/07/2019

Jokha Alharthi: ‘A lot of women are really strong, even though they are slaves'

Jokha Alharthi’s second novel, , may have its roots in rural Oman – its irrigation canals and high desert nights, its cool back rooms and busy courtyards – but it was born in Edinburgh. Alharthi was studying for a PhD at the university, she had an eight-month-old baby, and she and her husband had had difficulty finding a place to live and so were renting a small flat from week to week. Her stress was compounded by the fact that, although her PhD was in classical Arabic poetry, she was expected “to write fluent English, and to write fluent essays,...


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