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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 ( 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).