Introducing the Library of Arabic Literature
The Library of Arabic Literature is a new series offering Arabic editions and English translations of key works of classical and premodern Arabic literature, as well as anthologies and thematic readers. Books in the series are edited and translated by distinguished scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies,
and are published in parallel-text format with Arabic and English on facing pages. The Library of Arabic Literature includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period, and will encompass a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, history and historiography.
Supported by a grant from the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, and established in partnership with NYU Press, the Library of Arabic Literature produces authoritative Arabic editions and modern, lucid English translations, with the goal of introducing the Arabic literary heritage to scholars and students, as well as to a general audience of readers.
Philip F. Kennedy
We are delighted to welcome a session of the popular spoken-word event initiated in Abu Dhabi by Dorian Paul in 2011, which is now a monthly fixture at the Rocco Forte’s Noche bar. Amateur performers of all nationalities and cultures are welcome to recite their own lyrical compositions on stage:
Hosts: Dorian Paul, Farah Chamma and Frank Klötgen
Please register in advance: email@example.com
Self-Publishing: A Success Story
All aspiring authors used to be faced with the daunting prospect of finding a publisher who might show an interest in their book, and then hoping to sell a few copies… Welcome to the new era of self-publishing online, where a literary success can be achieved even before any copy of your book has been printed.
Language, Literature, Life: a Feminist Perspective
Gender issues matter in the Middle-East and in the Indo-Pakistani subcontinent as much as everywhere else, if not more: how is the feminine half of the population fares on a cultural level in these regions? How are women (mis)represented by the tenants of the cultural orthodoxy?
With Fahmida Riaz and Yousra Moukadem
Mapping the Arab world
During ADIBF 2012, we introduced the Atlas des Pays du Golfe and the Atlas du Proche-Orient Arabe, published by Paris Sorbonne University Press. This proved to be an opportunity for three publishers (from France, The Netherlands and Lebanon) to sign an agreement for the Arabic and English translations of these two fantastic resources on the region:
Maroun Nehmé (Librairie orientale); Maurits Boogert (Brill); Philippe Cadène, co-author of the Atlas; Sophie Linon-Chipon, Editor-in-Chief; Pr. Éric Fouache, Director of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi; Fabrice Balanche, author of Le Proche-Orient arabe.
Watch the Emirates Palace rise at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair! Frank Klötgen, one of Germany’s most prominent poetry slammers, will present his remarkable “book architecture”, where he rebuilds famous buildings such
Brought to you by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region
Upon Massignon’s request, I write to the President of the French Republic to ask him to pardon the men from Mokhnine who were sentenced to death. A few days later, I find the answer in the newspapers: three of them have been shot. Two weeks after their execution, the chief of staff lets me know that my letter has “caught the attention”
Albert Camus, Cahiers VII, March 1951-July 1954
Camus had a close intellectual affinity with Louis Massignon, another major French thinker of the XXth century. The Lycée Louis Massignon of Abu Dhabi has decided revive this relationship by organizing an exhibition, « Hommage to Albert Camus », which will be presented at the Book Fair: after in-depth reading of his work, under the guidance of their professor, Sylvain Huard, the students illustrate the three pillars which constitute Camus’ thought — the Absurd, Revolt and Happiness. Through their photographical, cinematographic and artistic endeavors, they offer to our public a unique opportunity to discover and feel the reflection, impressions and inventions that Camus oeuvre still arouses in the new generations. For Camus remains contemporary on more than one count. (The exhibition will be displayed at the Business and Rights Center, Hall 10 – H46)
The life and work of Albert Camus will also be the subject of a panel discussion between writers, professors: they will talk about the influence he had on them, about his literary and philosophical legacy, and about his relevance in today’s world of ideas.
With the writers Jérôme Ferrari and Rachid Boudjedra and Vital Rambaud (professor of French Literature at PSUAD)
The Alchemy Of Story
It’s been said that writers are fortunate people, because story gives our hurts, fears and troubles somewhere to go. This session explores the idea that writing ~ indeed all forms of creativity ~ is a form of emotional alchemy. Story provides human beings with the perfect container to transmute base emotions like fear and anger into higher emotions such as courage, compassion and acceptance.
Abu Dhabi Book Fair is proud to host the launch of the bilingual edition of a poetry collection sponsored by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This anthology, in Spanish and Arabic, is specially designed for the Arab readers.
Through this book launch, the Embassy of Colombia wishes to celebrate its first year of presence in the UAE and to strengthen its cultural ties with the Arab world in general and UAE in particular.
This is the compelling Australian story of how the stolen skull of an Aboriginal warrior was kept in the living room of a white middle class family for forty years before finally being returned to his descendants. It is a journey of awakening, atonement, forgiveness and friendship.
In the ninth century, the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, al-Ma’mun, created the greatest centre of learning the world had ever seen, known as the House of Wisdom. Jim Al-Khalili shows how the scientists and philosophers he brought together sparked a period of extraordinary discovery launching a golden age of Arabic science.
Did you know that the fact that it is dark at night is proof of the Big Bang? This conclusion, based on logical argument starting from the understanding we have gained from modern cosmology, forms the basis of the resolution of something called Olbers’ paradox.
The author has spent the past twenty years lecturing and writing about some of the topics in this lecture. This is his opportunity to bring together his personal favourite puzzles and conundrums in science – nothing that cannot be explained to and digested by a broad lay audience eager to give their brains a bit of a workout!
The talk will be interactive with the audience expected to think through a few brain teasers themselves, requiring no background knowledge and nothing more than a willingness to exercise their grey matter.
ILLUSTRATING THE MUSLIM WORLD IN COMICS
Mr. Jacques Ferrandez is a famous French comic book writer who dedicated a big part of his work to the Arabo-muslim world. Born in Algeria, he made a large historical epic of this country, since the 1830s to the independence (Carnets d’Orient, 10 volumes).
A fresh reflection on the discourses about “the Middle East” across various cultures
Against the historical backdrop of the cross-Atlantic mahjar flows, this collection of essays highlights the fraught and ambivalent situation of Arabs/Muslims in the Americas, where they are at once celebrated and demonized, integrated and marginalized, simultaneously invisible and spectacularly visible. Presented by Ella Habiba Shohat, Coeditor.
See more about the book here