Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Memoir Traces Growth of Famed Arab Intellectual

Susan Muaddi Darraj

The First Well: A Bethlehem Boyhood
By Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. Foreword by Mohammad Shaheen. Translated by Issa J. Boullata.
Hesperus Press, 2012

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s father once said to his sons, “I rejoice immensely, and so does this mother of yours, when we see you both reading books. Why? Because the word is holy. Yes, indeed. The word is from God.” Jabra and his older brother Yusuf developed an interest in storytelling because of the tales their father often spun for them and for the entertainment of the family.

'Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life'

Wided Khadraoui

Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life
By Edoardo Albert
Kube Publishing Ltd, 2013

“Imam al-Ghazali: A Concise Life” by Edoardo Albert delivers a succinct biography of one of Islam’s influential figures. The book has a straightforward style accompanied by illustrations, context boxes, and a glossary to help convey the exceptional journey undertaken by al-Ghazali.

The Artist in Syria

By Etel Adnan

Dissident Syria
By miriam cooke
Duke University Press, 2007

I just read Miriam Cooke’s “Dissident Syria” and feel that this work has to be brought to the attention of specialists of Arab and Middle Eastern studies, students of literature and the general public.



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