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Omar Hazek: ‘This is the Bond I Have With Prison’

Hazek’s December 2014 message from prison, “A Christmas tree in my cell,” has been newly translated by his sister, Zahraa Abd Al Aziz:

Omar Hazek

Hazek, a novelist and poet, has written numerous letters from prison since being sentenced by an Alexandria court to

‘Oh Salaam!': Is Change Possible in Post-war Beirut?

An ArabLit review of Najwa Barakat’s Oh, Salaam! is now up at Full Stop: 


For many of us, war doesn’t affect daily life — or, at least, skimming over how the war machine shifts global dynamics, it doesn’t seem to. Even so, it makes up a large

Book Review - Delhi 4 Shows - Talkies of Yesteryear
I was excited, very excited, when I laid my hands on the book Delhi 4 Shows - Talkies of Yesteryear. After all, I was made aware of the book by a film aficionado cum journalist friend (Bobby Sing) on the social media. As a fellow Delhite, he was super charged about the possibilities that the
Fadi Zaghmout’s ‘Paradise on Earth': Family Dynamics in Futuristic Jordan

Fadi Zaghmout’s second novel, Paradise on Earth, takes readers eighty-odd years into the future, imagining a Jordan where we have control over the aging process:

By Jona Fras


Fadi Zaghmout’s Paradise on Earth (Janna ‘ala l-ard; Dar al-Adab, 2014) has

Reading Ibn Hajjaj After the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Shootings

This week, in the Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World, Rula Jurdi Abisaab has a review of Sinan Antoon’s The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry: Ibn al-Ḥajjāj and Sukhf.


Antoon’s 2014 scholarly work —

African Titanics: A Book to Humanize the Reader

There are at least a half-dozen ways you could read the English version of African Titanics, depending on how — and with what — you approach it:

The short novel, written by Eritrean novelist Abu Bakr Khaal (2008), and ably translated by Charis Bredon

The Madmen of Bethlehem Wins 2015 Sheikh Zayed Book Award

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) announced four of its 2015 winners today, including a literature award to The Madmen of Bethlehem (2013) by Palestinian writer Osama Alaysa:

Osama Alaysa. Photo from Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

The SZBA’s literature longlist was

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