“The chair always writes an article about the [Man Booker International] prize, and I want to pay tribute to Radwa Ashour, because she was a strong candidate for the shortlist if she hadn’t died. I can’t guarantee that she would’ve been on, but she was definitely under consideration.”
“The idea was that the readers who were informed would know which author was intended without having to be told. Especially when authors were criticizing contemporaries or scholars of recent memory, oblique criticism was considered to show more finesse.”
“I had to put this book down several times just to laugh.”
Four Library of Arabic Literature classics are set to be released as English-language-only paperbacks.
This interview with Dr. Tom Shakespeare first appeared on the Library of Arabic Literature website: Scholar, blogger, and public-health advocate Tom Shakespeare recently did a five-part series on “The Genius of Disability” for BBC Radio 3. The first radio essay… Read More ›
“I seem to hear Hughes’s poem everywhere in my version of Abū Nuwās.”
“Not only the greatest Arab traveller of all time, but perhaps the greatest of all time.”
In a new volume from the Library of Arabic Literature, James E. Montgomery re-translates the extraordinary story of Ibn Fadlan’s “Mission to the Volga.”
Travel Writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith on Why Seventh and Eighth Graders Should Read These Classic Arabic Travel Tales
“To see this slice of the earth as it was and, how can I put it, to know that we’re not lost in our own time.”
The Library of Arabic Literature recently staged the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute’s first public event in Dubai.
On Nov. 20, a number of Library of Arabic Literature (LAL) stalwarts will be found at the Penn Bookstore in Philadelphia, giving a talk about “A Corpus, Not a Canon: Translating Classical Arabic for the Modern Reader.”
Sean W. Anthony, assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon, brings a historian’s eye to his work editing and translating Maʿmar ibn Rāshid’s Maghāzī, or The Expeditions: An Early Biography of Muḥammad. The text explores the early life of the prophet and his community and, Anthony says, contains “humor, adventure, tragedy, and all the ingredients of great stories.”