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Amanda Islambouli

Amanda Islambouli is a graduate student at New York University studying European Politics. She completed her undergraduate degree at NYU as well, studying French and Global Liberal Studies, during which time she spent a year in Paris. Her undergraduate thesis concerns the regional response to the Syrian refugee crisis. She is also fluent in Arabic and Spanish.


I live in a lower-class neighborhood of Paris, at the end of a small, dark street, one of the last refuges for some dealers. Once there, you have to come inside the building through a pretty large entryway, walk across the courtyard, then take the correct staircase, follow a corridor, make a right, and it’s at that door that hundreds of men have come knocking.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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