An Ode to the Oud

Ali caressed the curved, pear-shaped body, his fingers running over the fingerboard before resting on the short, delicate neck. The Cedar wood, cool to the touch, gave a beautiful, surprising deep sound that took him back to his childhood in Damascus every time he played a few notes. The Oud was a family affair. Ali’s … More An Ode to the Oud

The Religious Police

 Since we left Saudi Arabia in 2017, I see my friends post pictures of parties, cinema openings, live concerts…something unimaginable a few years ago. Women have now the right to drive in the kingdom and the abaya is no longer compulsory. The story below, from my first novel The Polar Bear and The Palm Tree … More The Religious Police