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Articles by Yahia Lababidi

Quiet strength, loud weaknesses

Poet and writer Yahia Lababidi on what Ramadan, and its associated fasting, means to him.

  • July 28, 2014
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Compassion and conscience

Yahia Lababidi reflects on politics, morality and fear through a series of aphorisms.

  • February 11, 2014
  • 1

Egypt, the unravelling

Fighting hate with hate is not the answer, says Yahia Lababidi. How Egypt responds will determine what Egypt becomes.

  • August 16, 2013
  • 1

For the love of Egypt

Egyptian-American Yahia Lababidi’s poetic response to the turmoil in his home country.

  • July 11, 2013
  • 0

Witness-art in the Arab Spring

In trying times, poetry can speak our silences and make sense of our pain, says Yahia Lababidi.

  • March 13, 2012
  • 2

From Tahrir Square To Liberty Square, NY – Justice for all

With Occupy Wall Street fighting for its life, Yahia Lababidi says that by supporting each other, Egyptian and US protesters can make the impossible possible.

  • November 17, 2011
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The Museum-going Cannibal

The Arab Spring is already an inspiration the world over, but, says US-based Egyptian writer Yahia Lababidi, because of the complexity of human nature it’s uncertain which way things will go. 

  • July 25, 2011
  • 0

Daring to Care: Notes on the Egyptian Revolution

Yahia Lababidi reflects on a triumphant People’s Uprising.

  • March 8, 2011
  • 2

What is to give light

If I could say something to the brave souls back home, I’d say this…’ 

  • February 8, 2011
  • 2

Empire of the senses

In an Egypt where sexual feelings are kept buttoned up by religiosity, Yahia Lababidi observes an all-pervading sensuality that will not be denied.

  • May 1, 2010
  • 0

About Yahia Lababidi


Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American thinker and Pushcart-nominated poet, whose work has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. To date, Lababidi is the author of five well-received books, in four different genres: Signposts to Elsewhere (aphorisms), Trial by Ink: From Nietzsche to Bellydancing (essays), Fever Dreams (poems), The Artist as Mystic (conversations) and, most recently, Barely There, a new collection of poems from Wipf and Stock. 

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