‘Living Together in Spite of Our Differences’: A Talk with Amin Maalouf

"History does not say who we are by itself—we make it say that. Historical events are the clay that we shape according what we need, think, and believe."

Jamila Hassoune: Connecting Readers and Books, from Marrakesh to the High Atlas

Book activist Jamila Hassoune was at this year's Abu Dhabi International Book Fair at an event with Italian writer and blogger Chiara Comito:  By Chiara Comito  "If there have been the Arab springs in the Arab world it's because there are people like Jamila," said Moroccan sociologist and writer Fatema Mernissi to Santina Mobiglia, editor … Continue reading Jamila Hassoune: Connecting Readers and Books, from Marrakesh to the High Atlas

Philip Kennedy: These Books Shouldn’t Just Hide on a Shelf

Philip F. Kennedy, the Library of Arabic Literature’s General Editor, has been a key force in putting systems in place and getting the LAL — which focuses on Arabic-English editions of classical and pre-modern Arabic literature — on its feet. He spoke with ArabLit at the 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair about how the project came about, noting a few the challenges the editors and editor-translators have faced.

Book Fairs and the Locals

Now that I've returned from the fair, I've been reflecting on how difficult it is to say what "localization" and "roots" mean in a country that's 90-percent non-Emirati. This 90 percent -- of Pakistanis, Egyptians, French, Malaysians, Indians, Filipinos, Lebanese, others -- may contribute vibrantly to the country's development. Yet they cannot, as things currently stand, be considered locals.