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Mohammed D. Fakhro is a Qatari writer interested in how we tell and experience stories, particularly of people and cultures. He is currently working on his first screenplay based on local folktales, and exploring questions of identity in a post-truth world. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

Two popular folktales of the Arab world tell of Bu Draeyah, a cruel sea creature, and Homarat Al-Guyla, a half-woman,