On Banipal’s ‘100 Best Arabic Novels’

"Usefully, the Banipal list is not just a list, but also includes brief introductions to both the works and their authors, as well as some contextualization."

Shorouk-Penguin Partnership Inked: Project Seeks to Improve Translations in Arabic, English

Last night at Cairo's Manial Palace, Penguin International President Andrew Phillips and Dar El Shorouk Chair Ibrahim El Moallem formally signed themselves into a partnership that was more than a year in the making: a joint Shorouk-Penguin project that will bring out both Penguin classics and local titles in Arabic.

Gamal al-Ghitani on the 1,001 Nights and the Egyptian Cultural Scene

Gamal al-Ghitani is interviewed in this week's Qantara, mostly on the topic of the latest legal wrangling over 1,001 Nights. With all due respect to a greater literary mind, I must disagree with al-Ghitani's statement that there is no government censorship of media (newspapers can, for instance, criticize Hosni now?). However, I certainly agree that … Continue reading Gamal al-Ghitani on the 1,001 Nights and the Egyptian Cultural Scene