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Abdellah Taïa is Morocco's first openly gay writer – his work reimagines being Muslim, queer and African

By Gibson Ncube, Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
Adriaan van Klinken, Professor of Religion and African Studies, University of Leeds
Abdellah Taïa was born in 1973 in Rabat, Morocco. He currently lives in Paris. He is the first writer from north Africa – and in fact the Arab world – to openly declare that he is gay. In 2006, he came out in a highly publicised article in the Moroccan magazine Tel Quel. This was considered scandalousThe Conversation

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