Maïra al-Manzali was born in New York city on a dark and stormy night, the same night the Norman Vincent Peale, author of “The Power of Positive Thinking” died. She thus represents the death of optimism. Al-Manzali hails from the Oranian bey Mustapha el-Manzali and he Sana’an rabbi Saliman Almanzali, as well as the Moroccan Sufi order which takes it line of spiritual descent from ‘Ali al-Manzali (all these different ways of transcribing the same name because Western scholarship. It’s المنزلي). She’s also got some Ashkenazi ancestors and wants to learn Yiddish, but has to improve her Arabic, Persian, and Turkish first.

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Palmyra and Syrian Archaeology:
            republished in Italian at 

On the Possibility of a Rainbow:

An interview with Mirage:

Review: Workshop at Daraat al-Funun

Review: Salaam Neighbor

Xenophobia at the Academy

Housing in Leiden: a Survey