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Khelil Bouarrouj

Khelil Bouarrouj


Khelil Bouarrouj is a Washington, DC-based writer and civil rights advocate. His work can be found at the Washington Blade, Palestine Square, and other publications. 


Colonial France marketed Tunisia as an exotic and backwards destination, depicting the locals as lazy and unmodern. The Tunisian tourism office then adopted these motifs until a wave of Tunisian artists decided to reclaim their cultural identity.

13 November, 2023

Planning a visit to Tunisia? Consider the 30-minute drive from Tunis to La Marsa, a beautiful coastal city that boasts breathtaking beaches and striking architecture. The New Arab has profiled the city and listed the places to eat, sleep, and shop.

06 November, 2023

The majesty of the Arabic language lies in its diversity. Taking advantage of this characteristic, Tunisian calligrapher Yassine Ben Miled is championing his nation's dialect by translating colloquial linguistic idiosyncrasies into pieces of art.

07 September, 2023

The self-proclaimed 'capital of the world', decisions made in Washington DC have global consequences. But there's a new taste-maker in town: the city's growing Arab community. The New Arab gives you a whistle-stop or some of DC's best Arab sites.

18 August, 2023

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian-American chef Michael Rafidi. Drawing on his family's culinary tradition, Michael is part of an Arab vanguard elevating traditional dishes with a contemporary twist, with his restaurant Albi now Michelin-starred.

28 July, 2023

Book Club: From the evolution of Andalusian food to reimagining the most popular Middle Eastern dishes minus the meat, and a beautiful gastronomic tribute to Beirut, here are three cookbooks to captivate and transform your culinary experience.

12 July, 2023

Book Club: The culmination of 20 years of work, Jeff Koehler's North African cookbook is the largest collection of Maghrebi cuisine ever written. The cookbook takes the reader's palette on a transnational odyssey of flavours across both land and sea.

14 June, 2023

Book Club: Cairo is a city that both courts and consumes its inhabitants. Published by French luxury publisher Assouline under the curation of Mai Eldib, 'Cairo Eternal' captures Cairo's charms with a pronounced grace that befits the eternal city.

17 May, 2023

Yemeni Americans have set up shop in New York City. Known for their entrepreneurial spirit and warm welcome, Yemenis have established themselves on every street corner of the metropolis, forming the foundation of a thriving diasporic community.

21 April, 2023

Book Club: The representation of Hajj has been beautifully brought to life in Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage by Qaisra M. Khan, a lucid history told in narrative and art.

25 January, 2023