Topic: Arabic literature

Excerpt from an Iraqi maqama manuscript dating from 1237 (source: University of Victoria/Fine Arts)

The maqamas of Ibn Naqiya in German translation

The picaresque poet from Baghdad

Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim’s "Return of the Spirit"

Awaiting the day of resurrection

Mosul Light Orchestra gives a recital in Erbil (photo: Goethe-Institut/Samyan Shaboy)

Overcoming cultural divisions

"Iraq is full of inspiring stories"

Professor of Islamic Theology James Morris (photo: HakanIST/Wikipedia/Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0))

Interview with James Morris

Ibn Arabi's vision for a fully human global civilisation

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani (photo: Limmat Verlag/Ayse Yavas)

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani

ʺIn foreign lands, the trees speak Arabicʺ

Tomb of the Persion poet Hafez in Shiraz, Iran (source: Wikimedia)

Book review: Stefan Weidner's ʺ1001 Books. The Literatures of the Orientʺ

The Middle East – a rich vein of world literature

Deceased Kuwaiti author Ismail Fahd Ismail (source: screenshot; Facebook)

Book review: Ismail Fahd Ismail’s "The Old Woman and the River"

Hemingway, eat your heart out!

Palestinian author Ibtisam Azem (photo: private)

Book review: Ibtisam Azem's "The Book of Disappearance"

We woke to find them gone

Raja Alem (photo: Unionsverlag)

Book review: Raja Alem's "Sarab"

Gender under siege in Mecca

The use of the Arabic language alongside the Hebrew language was a matter of course for Iraqi Jews right up to their death, as the text on the gravestone shows: Itzhak Schlomo, died on day 24 of the Hebrew month Iyar in 679 (source: Facebook; Israel in Iraqi dialect)

Iraqi Jews

Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

Syrian author Mustafa Khalifa during a reading with the translator Larissa Bender (photo: DW)

Interview with Syrian author Mustafa Khalifa

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"The Syrian revolution is bigger than a thousand novels"

Egyptian author and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz on 20 October 1988 in his favourite cafe "Ali Baba" on Cairoʹs Tahrir Square (photo: picture-alliance/Bildarchiv)

Previously unpublished work

Naguib Mahfouz' "The Quarter"

Translator Elisabeth Jaquette (left) and Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun (photos: private)

Interview with Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun and translator Elisabeth Jaquette

For the sheer pleasure of reading

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