Do You Write (or Translate) Fiction ‘Related to the Middle East and the Muslim World’?

I’m not really fond of the term “the Muslim world,” as though one lives on a separate planet, but there you are. Apparently, Andrew Madigan of United Arab Emirates University is editing an anthology of short fiction related to “the Middle East and the Muslim world.”

Thanks to Asia Writes for the info!

Hopefully, Mr. Madigan won’t get too much spam, as he posts:

I’m editing an anthology of short fiction, for an American publisher, related to the Middle East/the Muslim world. Entries must be set in the region, and address the concerns of the region, though the characters (and the authors) can be from any culture or nationality. Translated works will be considered. Word count is not the central issue, though works of 2,000-10,000 words are more likely to be accepted. Send submissions as RTF or Word 1997-2003 documents. No abstracts or CVs are required. Deadline is March 2011. Please contact Andrew Madigan ( or at United Arab Emirates University for more information.

So that goes for you, too, translators.


Meanwhile, there’s a new textbook out from Saqi this month, titled Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives.

I don’t know the editors and haven’t been able to turn up any information about what’s inside (except that “Authors covered include Adonis, Rabih Alameddine, Hoda Barakat, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Mahmoud Darwish, Assia Djebar, and Elias Khoury”) but there you are.