Kamel Daoud is an Algerian writer. Even though we share the same nationality, we definitely don’t belong to the same Algeria. Daoud belongs to a minority of Algerian intellectuals, mainly francophile, who adopt western (not to say french) values: modernity, secularism, individualism, liberalism ; and who vehemently reject their people’s traditional values inherited from Arab-Muslim civilization. His writings, welcomed and celebrated in France, reflect perfectly his beliefs as they are always filled with his zealous Islamphobe and Arabophobe opinions.
His last New York Times op-ed “The Sexual Misery of the Arab World”, is a masterpiece of a condescending neo-colonial writing dedicated to demonizing Arabs’ culture and values. Continue reading “Kamel Daoud : the intellectual misery of Algeria”