Vol. 22, No. 75


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, interviews, fiction, and poetry.


A Few Words to Al Jadid readers by Elie Chalala; “When Translations Betray the Originals!” by Abdo Wazen; “Dystopic Trends in Modern Arabic Literature” by Barbara Bakker; “IMPERIALISM FIRST! European Leftists Abandon Anti-Fascist Legacy to Embrace Putin and Assad” by Hussam Itani; “Breaking Bread: Anthony Bourdain’s Quest for Cultural Understanding” by Naomi Pham; “Author Argues Arab Spring Devolved into ‘Tyranny 2.0’” by Hussam Itani; “The War Against Free Speech in Lebanon: Rogue Assassins, Militia Violence, Government Betrayal” by Elie Chalala; Cultural Roundup: “Tunisian Grave Digger Gives Drowned Refugees in Death What they Failed to Receive in Life” and “Innovative Rai Musician with a Message of Justice for Immigrants Dies Unexpectedly” by Naomi Pham; “Rest in Peace Mai Skaf: Death of Exiled Artist Mirrors Syria’s Dying Revolution” by Elie Chalala


“Sophia: or The Beginning of All Tales” by Rafik Schami, reviewed by Fawaz Azem; “Secular Nationalism and Citizenship in Muslim Countries” edited by Kail Ellis, reviewed by Lynne Rogers; “Amreekiya: A Novel” by Lena Mahmoud, reviewed by Sarah Rogers; “A Road to Damascus” by Meedo Taha, reviewed by Lynne Rogers; “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers, reviewed by Ghada Mourad; “Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents” edited by Anneka Lenssen, Sarah Rogers, and Nada Shabout, reviewed by Doris Bittar; “No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria” by Rania Abouzeid, reviewed by Lynne Rogers; “Frankenstein in Baghdad” by Ahmed Saadawi, reviewed by D.W. Aossey; “A Daughter of Isis: The Early Life of Nawal El Saadawi, In Her Own Words” and “Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi, In Her Own Words” by Nawal El Saadawi, reviewed by Angele Ellis; “The Other Side of the Wall: An Eyewitness Account of the Occupation in Palestine” by Richard Hardigan, reviewed by Priscilla Wathington


“Egypt’s Choir Project: Consensus & Conflict Resolution Through Song” by Caroline Seymour-Jorn; “Sarah Rogers Speaks With Doris Bittar on “Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents”’ by Doris Bittar


“Beirut’s Myriad Eyes” by Hanna Saadah


“America Rebukes” by Hanna Saadah


Bobby Gulshan on a selection of Arabic literature published by NYU from the 7th to 19th centuries


Farid Belkahia (Mural Paintings in Morocco, 1978); Mona Saudi (Cover artwork “Mother/Earth,” 1965); and Saloua Raouda Choucair (Cover artwork “Rhythmic Composition,” 1952), whose artworks appear in “Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents” (2018) edited by Anneka Lenssen, Sarah Rogers, and Nada Shabout

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