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Mai Ghoussoub, 1952-2007

by Maymanah Farhat

•Mai Ghoussoub at the Kufa Gallery in Westbourne Grove, London.

On February 17, Mai Ghoussoub, a leading publisher, artist and writer instrumental in promoting contemporary Arab art and culture, died unexpectedly from heart failure in London. Born in Lebanon in 1952, Ghoussoub maintained the politically active stance she first displayed while living in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war (1975-90). During the war's early years, she found herself in the factional crossfire. In one instance she was "arrested" and interrogated by PLO chief Yasser Arafat, then stationed in…

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