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 Thai anti-government protesters blow whistles during a rally at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority in Bangkok, Thailand. Rungroj Yongrit / EPA

Best photography from around the world April 23

The National View's photo editors pick the best of the day from around the world

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on from the dug out during the Champions League semi-final first leg match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Paul Gilham / Getty Images / April 22, 2014

‘Now the game of our lives is at Stamford Bridge’ says Mourinho after Chelsea, Atletico draw

After Tuesday's scoreless draw, Jose Mourinho revealed Petr Cech's season was over and John Terry was also done unless they could reach the Champions League final.

 Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College students participate in the 2014 Innovation Challenge. Delores Johnson / The National

In pictures: the UAE Innovation Challenge 2014

The engineering competition brought together almost 100 students from across the country competing in teams to build the best unmanned aircraft.

 Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, right, speaks to Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs during a training session at the team's Carrington training complex in Manchester, north-west England on April 22, 2014. Andrew Yates / AFP

Giggs a better fit for Manchester United than Moyes

The winger, who has played 962 games for the club, has been placed in interim charge of the first team and will be assisted by his former Manchester United teammate Nicky Butt.


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The facts behind their fiction

April 5, 2014

The shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is announced on April 8, and three authors from the Middle East are vying to make it to the final six. One of them, Sinan Antoon, tells us why such literary vibrancy isn't actually a new...

A story of migration, work and hardship

April 2, 2014

The Bangladeshi-British author Tahmima Anam is on the shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for a tale set amid Dubai’s migrant labour population. It may be short, but it has a lot of meaning, writes Ben East.

Abu Dhabi Book Fair: From Arab poets to Swedish noir

March 18, 2014

The 10th-century Arab poet Al Mutanabbi takes centre stage as part of this year's Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which will also host Kristina Ohlsson, a crime fiction author from Sweden.

Peeling back the layers of Rabih Alameddine’s latest novel An Unnecessary Woman

March 9, 2014

The best-selling Lebanese-American author Rabih Alameddine is back with the follow-up to his smash-hit The Hakawati. He tells us why, this time, he wanted to write a 'quieter' book.

Hassan Blasim’s literary exhibition from Iraq war aftermath

February 23, 2014

Jessica Holland speaks to Hassan Blasim about his move from film to magical horror-speckled books.

How Jamal Mahjoub’s life of crime writing has paid off

February 23, 2014

Jamal Mahjoub talks to Ben East about why coming up with an alter ego – Parker Bilal – was the way to find a new audience via his series of Cairo-based thrillers.

Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize can translate into big success for Arabic authors

February 11, 2014

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is awarded on Wednesday – and two books are sharing the spoils. Is this further proof the Arab novel is in great health?

Creative writing class for aspiring Emirati novelists

February 10, 2014

A two-month course has been established to train 20 writers.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s super Muslim Ms Marvel

February 5, 2014

G Willow Wilson talks about making history with her new comic-book series Ms. Marvel, the first mainstream Muslim character to be the star of her own title.

Muslim heroes are beginning to take their place in US comics

February 5, 2014

The Pakistani-born, Minnesota-based computer scientist Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, who runs a blog called Islam and Science Fiction, says there's been a recent flowering of Muslim superheroes in American comics.

Hugo-nominated sci-fi author Saladin Ahmed on the radical act of representing Muslims in fiction

February 5, 2014

'Just to have a book where all of the heroes are quasi-Muslim is a radical statement in itself,' says Saladin Ahmed, the author of the sci-fi book Throne of the Crescent Moon.

The Emirati sci-fi novelist Noura Al Noman on Arabic versus English

February 5, 2014

The Emirati sci-fi novelist Noura Al Noman talks about her 2012 debut novel Ajwan and its forthcoming sequels.

New book of Baghdad poetry reveals a city of endless delights and despair

December 21, 2013

Baghdad: A City in Verse is a beautifully bound and illustrated volume featuring 170 works by Bedouin, Muslim, Christian, Kurdish and Jewish poets spanning millennia – many translated into English for the first time.

The web and the word of God

December 17, 2013

On world Arabic Language Day, Nick Leech talks to Thomas Milo, a linguist and a typographer who is leading the campaigning to get traditional Arabic calligraphy onto the Internet.