Audiobooks in Arabic: YouTube Channels that Unlock Worlds for Readers and Learners
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by Tarek A. el Galil
3M ago
(The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Al-Fanar Media). Audiobooks in Arabic were a game-changer for me. As an avid reader, I’ve always cherished the worlds that books open up. However, time constraints gradually slowed my reading progress over time. Thankfully, I discovered a format that not only reignited my passion for reading but also significantly boosted my monthly book count: audiobooks. Audiobooks have been a saving grace, particularly when it comes to devouring novels. They provide a convenient way to enjoy literature wh ..read more
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Moroccan Poet Documents Other Arab Poets’ Work at Expense of Writing Her Own
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
The Moroccan poet Fatima Bouhraka has channeled her creative energies into documenting modern Arab poetry and poets for more than a dozen years now. It is an exhaustive task that has had a negative effect on her own poetry, she told Al-Fanar Media, but she carries on, determined to keep the work of contemporary Arab poets, and especially women poets, from falling into obscurity. Bouhraka has published a large encyclopedia of poets of the past half century from across the Arab world, as well as country-specific books and a trilogy of works on Arab women poets. She is currently working on a book ..read more
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Osama Allam Reveals the Hidden Side of Cities in ‘A Wide Road for a Lonely Person’
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
The Egyptian-Canadian novelist Osama Allam’s latest book, “A Wide Road for a Lonely Person”, presents tales experienced while living in 12 different cities around the world, Cairo, New York, Chicago, Montreal and Paris among them. The book, in Arabic, was published earlier this year by Dar El Shorouk with the title “Tariq Motasei Li Shakhs Wahid: Hekayat Min 12 Madina Agiba”. In it, Osama Allam gives his impressions of places and people as he wanders on foot, metro and buses through different cities’ streets, cafes, and markets. Of New York, he says: “I don’t know why I have constant fear in N ..read more
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Children’s Literature Deserves Serious Study, Says Scholar Yasmine Motawy
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by Esraa Mohareb
7M ago
Children’s literature in the Arab world doesn’t get the attention it deserves as a subject of academic research, says Yasmine Motawy, a faculty member whose scholarship in this field was recently honoured by the American University in Cairo. Besides her work as a senior instructor in the university’s Department of Rhetoric and Composition, Motawy has been studying children’s literature for years as a critic, translator, editor, and creative writing trainer. She has served as a jury member for prominent children’s literature awards, such as the Hans Christian Andersen Award (2016-2018) and the ..read more
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Yacoub El-Sharouni, Giant of Arabic Children’s Literature, Dies at Age 92
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
Fans in the Arab world and beyond are lamenting the death of the esteemed Egyptian children’s writer Yacoub El-Sharouni, who died on November 23 at the age of 92. In a career spanning seven decades, El-Sharouni wrote hundreds of books for Arab children and teenagers, which were translated into many languages and won prestigious awards, including Egypt’s State Appreciation Award in literature in 2020. Nevin Al-Kilani, Egypt’s minister of culture,  mourned El-Sharouni, saying: “Children’s literature in the Arab world has lost one of its most prominent pioneers, a creative writer who enriche ..read more
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Amid War in Gaza, Book about Palestinian History Becomes a Best-Seller
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
With Israel and Hamas at war in Gaza, books about the Palestinian issue and its history are in demand. One best-seller, the Palestinian academic and historian Nur Masalha’s “Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History”, argues that there is an urgent need to teach a history of the land and its people based on facts, not myths. Masalha’s book was published in English in 2018 and was made available in Arabic in 2019 by the nonprofit Centre for Arab Unity Studies, based in Beirut. The author notes on Facebook that the book has topped Amazon best-seller lists in four categories: prehistory, prehistori ..read more
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Arab Writers React with Praise, Scorn as Nobel in Literature Goes to Norwegian
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
In the Arab literary world, news of the Norwegian writer Jon Fosse winning the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature drew a mix of responses ranging from praise to curiosity to outright scorn. The most virulent reaction came from the Iraqi novelist Azher Jirjees, who lives in exile in Norway. He called Fosse a writer of “domestic literature” who “has no position on wars, global violence, or the oppression of peoples” and “stuffs his ears with dough against the screams of the oppressed.” But others were more enthusiastic. Dar Al Karma, an Egyptian publishing house that has issued Arabic translations o ..read more
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‘Room 207’ Wins New Fans for Authors of Egyptian Horror Fiction
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
Based on a novel by the late Egyptian writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfik (1962-2018), the drama series “Room 207” is the latest in a string of popular screen adaptations of Egyptian horror, fantasy, and detective fiction. The show, which now tops the most-watched list on the Shahid streaming platform, presents a series of episodes in which characters who stay in a particular hotel room undergo soul-changing experiences. The audience follows the protagonist Gamal, a hotel employee, as he attempts to solve the mystery of Room 207. The series is hardly the first cinematic or television work based on fict ..read more
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Sharjah International Book Fair Stayed Open to Midnight to Cope with Crowds
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
The Sharjah International Book Fair, which finished on Sunday, 13 November, had to stay open until midnight at weekends to cope with the crowds. Apart from its popularity with the public, more than 1,000 publication rights agreements were signed, making it “the world’s largest book fair” in terms of property rights for the second year in a row, its delighted deputy director, Fadel Hussein, told Al-Fanar Media.    Under the slogan “Spread the Word”, the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair took place from November 2 through 13 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. It brought together 2,213 publ ..read more
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Travel Enriches Poems of Basim Furat, Winner of the Helmy Salem Prize for Poetry
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by Tarek A. el Galil
7M ago
The Iraqi poet Basim Furat’s poetry collection “Joy in Legends” recently won first prize in the Egyptian Poetry Forum’s Helmy Salem competition for 2022. The Moroccan poet Abderrahim Elkhassar won second place for his collection “Isolation Is a Family Member”, and the Egyptian poet Hoda Omran won third place for her collection “Cairo”. In an interview, Basim Furat talked to Al-Fanar Media about his experience with various literary genres, and the impact of his wide travels on his writing. As a poet and travel writer, Furat is interested in identity and cultural diversity. He has published seve ..read more
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