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Female Voices in Arabic Literature

July 15, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join our panel as they discuss issues of translation, feminism, tradition and recognition in contemporary female Arab literature, in an exchange designed to open up fresh perspectives of women’s writing and Arab culture for everyone.


  • Sawad Hussain is an Arabic translator and litterateur who is passionate about bringing narratives from the African continent to wider audiences. Her translations have been recognized by English PEN, the Anglo-Omani Society and the Palestine Book Awards, among others. She has forthcoming translations from Fitzcarraldo Editions, MacLehose Press, and Dedalus Books.
  • Dr Marlé Hammond is currently Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture at SOAS University of London where she teaches courses on Arabic literature and Middle Eastern and North African cinema. Previously, she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2010) and a St John’s College Research Centre Fellow (2002-2006) at Oxford University.
  • Iman Mersal is a renowned Egyptian poet, writer, academic and translator. She works as an Associate professor of Arabic literature and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and currently resides in Marseille, France. An anthology of her works was translated into more than twenty languages and she has five poetry collections published. Her work Fee Athar Enayat Al Zayyat (In the Footsteps of Enayat Al-Zayyat) won a Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature in 2021.

The panel is chaired by Marcia Lynx Qualey, literary critic and editor who runs the Arab Lit website and co-hosts the Bulaq podcast.

The webinar will be held live on Zoom at 1:30 PM BST / GMT+1 with simultaneous Arabic interpretation. For more information and to register, visit https://thebookseller.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOEL-LjUTD62lxhixzjs2g. Tickets are free for all.


July 15, 2021
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Sheikh Zayed Book Award at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre