Interviews

Rethinking Edward Said's 'Orientalism': An Interview with Charbel Dagher

By 
Elie Chalala.

Charbel Dagher, a professor at Balamand University, Lebanon, has been an active and prominent voice on the Arab cultural scene, mainly in the fields of  poetry, Arabic language, and Arab and Islamic arts. In Islamic arts, Dagher published several major works which have received high praise from diverse groups of critics in the Arab world.

Dialogue in Diaspora: Lure of Hope in Bicultural Village

By 
Al Jadid Staff

Al Jadid contributing Editor Doris Bittar interviewed Grace Feuerverger, author of “Oasis of Dreams.”
DB: Throughout “Oasis of Dreams” you allowed us to get to know your thoughts and your own personal narrative. Why was that important?

Al Jadid contributing Editor Doris Bittar interviewed Grace Feuerverger, author of “Oasis of Dreams.”

DB: Throughout “Oasis of Dreams” you allowed us to get to know your thoughts and your own personal narrative. Why was that important?

Sabah Zwein’s Search for Absolutes

By 
Zeina Tamer Schlenoff

“Because I Am, as if I Were and I Am Not” was published in 2002 by Dar Al Intishar Al Arabi in Beirut. Last summer, I met with Sabah Zwein, the author, in a café on Hamra Street in West Beirut, and we had an engaging conversation about her life, her work, and her place in the literary scene of post-war Lebanon. Zwein, a poet, literary critic, and journalist, was born of a Lebanese father and a Spanish mother. She grew up in Lebanon and traveled extensively in Europe and North America.

Towards a Glorious Levantine Impurity: An Interview with Ammiel Alcalay

By 
Kim Jensen

Translator, poet, and critic, Ammiel Alcalay is the author of several books, including “After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture,” “The Cairo Notebooks,” and “Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing.” His most recent book, “Memories of Our Future,” is an eclectic collection of essays written between 1982-1999 (see review in Al Jadid, issue no. 33).

Finding the Right Language: A Conversation with Syrian Filmmaker Usama Muhammad

By 
Pamela Nice
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Hafez al-Assad died four days before I visited Syria on a Malone Fellowship. When I arrived, the ubiquitous pictures of Hafez were draped with strips of black cloth, and heir apparent Bashar's picture was displayed alongside his father's. The Malone Fellows arrived just at this time of transition, when hopes for a better future mingled with feelings of grief and relief at Assad's passing.

In Rare Interview, Shukri Talks on His Tragic Life, Tangier, The Plain Bread,' and Arab Cultural Scene

By 
Yassin Adnan

Mohammed Shukri is a distinguished author in modern Arab literature. His work escapes all frameworks and is difficult to categorize. Three decades after its publication, his autobiography, “The Plain Bread” ( Al Khubz al-Hafi ), is still tainted by scandal among Arabs while it has achieved an international reputation and been translated into 19 languages.

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