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Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) continue their series of profiles and interviews on International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted novelists and their books. Here, Abdeddayem Sallami talks to Tunisian novelist Shukri al-Mabkhout. Longlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), Shukri al-Mabkhout’s novel Ettalyani (The Italian) released by Dar Tanweer in the...
One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

Once again, our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) are drawing attention to the plight of yet another writer held by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face...
Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) recently looked at censorship in Kuwait, where rumours of „sex books“ in libraries have stirred some heated discussions. But, according to Kuwaiti Minister of Education and Higher Education Bader Al-Essa, these rumours are greatly exaggerated. The Kuwait-based Arab Times wrote — in an article titled ‘Presence Of Sex Books In...
Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Egyptian novelist and poet Omar Hazek was jailed on December 2, 2013, charged with violating Egypt’s anti-protest law, a “crime” for which he is serving two years in prison. Yet he maintains more hope than most. We had already posted PEN International’s appeal on his behalf in April 2014. This open letter initially ran in Al-Masry al-Youm. Hazek’s...
Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) recently posted the disturbing news of a call by Algerian Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache — called “un obscure salafiste” by the paper Le Matin — for the death of award-winning Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud.   On December 16, Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache declared a fatwa condemning the writer and journalist Kamel Daoud to death. The declaration to...
Arabic Young Adult Literature: Is It Possible to Intrigue Young Adults Without Upsetting Gatekeepers?

Arabic Young Adult Literature: Is It Possible to Intrigue Young Adults Without Upsetting Gatekeepers?

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have just posted this intriguing piece on the rise of the Young Adult fiction segment in Arabic Literature. Which should not come as much of a surprise, given that “Young adult” readers of Arabic literature, by demographic rights, should be the biggest and most voracious audience for new books. Some...
Help Rebuild the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Help Rebuild the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Our Friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have published this appeal, and we are happy to re-publish it here and urge you to consider contributing to this project. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has helped fund, supply, and train staff at two libraries in Gaza. One saw damage when it was occupied by...
The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

Marcia Lynx Qualey, whose blog Arabic Literature (in English) we cannot but admire, has published this remarkable analysis in Words without Borders, as part of their September issue on Exile. We highly recommend both sites to everyone who is really interested in what goes on in world literatures. Fourteen hundred years ago and more, the poet-prince...