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The Markaz Review BookGroup: Ali Al-Muqri’s ‘The Handsome Jew’
The Handsome Jew is a challenging and provocative novel that urges/ invites Muslims and Jews to contemplate themselves and the way they see the other through a doomed love story. This powerful novel tells the tragic saga of two lovers, Salem, a Jew, and Fatima, a Muslim, who fall in a forbidden, intense, and passionate love against all circumstances designed to divide them in a society bound by religion. This boundary-crossing love story epitomises the doomed relationship between Jews and Muslims in Yemen, sheds light on how each community sees the other, interrogates religious and social barriers, and proves that, against all odds, love can conquer all — OR till death do the fated couple part. (Goodreads)
Sunday, Aug. 28, with translator Mbarek Sryfi, moderated by Rana Asfour.