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Kareem Shaheen

A journalist and cat-owner living in Beirut, Kareem Shaheen covers the Middle East in all its contradictions for the Guardian newspaper. An Egyptian raised in Dubai, with stints in the Hague (not as a war criminal) and small-town Nile delta, he studied journalism and electrical engineering because that's what you do in Egypt in order to not be a disgrace to the family, and holds a master's degree in war studies from King's College London. He lives in Lebanon with his girlfriend, who is always right, and who comes from the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo, and gets to travel around this wonderful and now broken region on account of his job. Twitter: @kshaheen

12 Books About Syria To Help You Learn About The Ongoing Conflict

Regional and international powers are waging war by proxy in a country where 500,000 people have been killed since 2011. Here are some recommended books about Syria to get you up to speed.

What if The Iliad Was a True Story?

We took a trip to Hisarlik hill, the site of Homer's Troy, and chatted with the archaeologists working there about the historical accuracy of The Iliad.

5 Books About Syria, the Greatest Humanitarian Tragedy of Our Time

Books to read about Syria, ISIS, and the Syrian conflict.

How to Read More: 7 Tips from My Childhood

On a reader's early experiences with books, and taking seven steps to recapture the magic and fluidity of reading as a child.

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Bana al-Abed, a 7-year-old girl who Tweeted about life in Aleppo, is writing a memoir.

A Sneak Peek Into the Oldest Library in the World

One Rioter visits the world's oldest library still in use, built by a woman named Fatima al Fihria in the 9th century Morocco!

Islam 101: 7 Books about the World’s Most Misunderstood Religion

Seven books to read to learn more about Islam.

7 Books about ISIS That (Hopefully) Won’t Get You Thrown Off a Plane

Books about the roots of ISIS.

6 Ways Lebanon Made Me a Better Reader

One Rioter reflects on how living in Beirut has made him a better reader.

A Sneak Peek Into the Oldest Library in the World

One Rioter visits the world's oldest library still in use, built by a woman named Fatima al Fihria in the 9th century Morocco!

An Istanbul Bookstore Made by a Refugee for Refugees

An Istanbul bookstore created by a Syrian refugee, for Syrian refugees.

Serial App Lets You Conquer the Classics in 10 Minutes a Day

An app that helps you get through the classics with 10 minute reading installments.

An Istanbul Bookstore Made by a Refugee for Refugees

Some people are good for the soul. Samer al-Kadri is one such being. When you walk into his Pages Bookstore ...

What a Novel About a Gay Arab Man Taught Me About Homophobia

On the importance of GUAPA.

Arab Prison Memoirs and THE SHELL

On human and the tragedy of the rise of the Arab prison memoir.