Tag: Egypt

A quick history of soap

Known to Babylonians and many other populations three thousand years before Christ, soaps as we use them today come from the Arabian Peninsula and specifically Alep. The area was rich of olive and bay trees, whose oils were necessary for their preparation. Once luxury goods, soaps began to be produced industrially and therefore popular in the XIX century, also thanks to the progress in chemistry…

Nouri Bouzid, facing any taboo in the Arab world

“In our tradition there is a strange reversal of roles, where the rapist is proud and the victim must be ashamed”. I remember once, when I returned to my city in Sfax, I met my brother and other friends and acquaintances playing cards in a bar. I joined them, and I recognized someone who had been a rapist when we were younger, even though he was a few years older than me. Well, at a certain point he said to me, and repeated it several times, without anyone reacting in any way: “if I had raped you as a young man, you would not have had the courage to open your mouth now”…