Vol. 21, No.72


A new issue of Al Jadid is just out (Vol. 21, No. 72, 2017). Al Jadid is a Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts (www.aljadid.com). As usual, the new issue is rich with essays and features, books, films, poetry, and two new sections, “About Books” and “Cultural Roundup.”

Essays and Features

“The Decline of Lebanese Press? A Story of Politics, Corruption, Nepotism and Sectarianism” and “Terror in Istanbul, Discord in Beirut: When are the Innocent Guilty?” by Elie Chalala; “What Does it Mean to be an Arab Intellectual Today? Often Anything but Being Intellectual!” by Hussam Itani; “Sadiq Jalal al-Azm: A Critical Yet Humanist View of Arab Thought” by Hussam Itani; “Baathist ‘Culture Shock’: Pre-2011 Syrian Regime Policy in Culture and the Arts” by Salam Kawakibi; “Arab-American Theatre: Still a Struggle for Visibility” by Roaa Ali


“Night” by Etel Adnan, reviewed by Angele Ellis; “Burning Country” by Robin Yassin-Kasab and Leila Al-Shami, reviewed by D.W. Aossey; “Your Mother-In-Law Loves You” by Rebecca Joubin, illustrated by Etab Hreib, reviewed by Ghada Mourad; “The Epistle of Forgiveness, Volume One: A Vision of Heaven and Hell” by Abu l-Ala al-Ma’arri, reviewed by Lynne Rogers; “32” by Sahar Mandour, reviewed by Aman Madan; “Under Brush Strokes” by Hedy Habra, reviewed by Mark Grimes; “Consequences of my Body” by Maged Zaher, reviewed by Joseph Sills; “In the Wake of the Poetic: Palestinian Artists After Darwish” by Najat Rahman, reviewed by Gabrielle Nawal Aossey; “The Expeditions” by Ma’amar Ibn Rashid, “The Principles of Sufism” by Ai’shah al Ba’uniyyah, and “Leg Over Leg” by Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, reviewed by Bobby Gulshan; “Resistance, Revolt, & Gender Justice in Egypt” by Mariz Tadros, reviewed by Caroline Seymour-Jorn; “Limbo Beirut” by Hilal Chouman, reviewed by Naomi Pham; “The Return, Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between” by Hisham Matar, reviewed by Lynne Rogers; “Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities” by Anaheed Al-Hardan, reviewed by Priscilla Wathington; “Mahmud Sami al-Barudi: Reconfiguring Society and the Self” by Terri DeYoung, reviewed by Nada Ramadan Elnahla; “Syria: Anatomy of a Civil War (In French)” by Gille Dorronsoro, Adam Baczko, and Arthur Quesnay, reviewed by Salam Kawakibi; “When You Happened to Me” by Hanna A. Saadah, reviewed by Priscilla Wathington


“The Crossing” directed by George Kurian, reviewed by Fawaz al-Azem; “Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt” directed by Michal Goldman, reviewed by Nada Ramadan Elnahla; “Youth Behind Bars: The Iranian Trilogy” directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, reviewed by Lynne Rogers


“...And He Was the Voice” by Zaki al-Jabir; “The Little Girl Who Lived in Syria” by Dima Yousef

Cover Artist

Doris Bittar (Cover artwork “To Be Free,” 2014).

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