Palestine: A Nation of Translators

Monday, 26 January 2015 by Mahmoud Al-Hirthani One field in which Palestinian intellectuals and writers have invested heavily, particularly since the Nakba in 1948, is translation. Interestingly, translating from Russian preceded translation from English due to the early exposure of Palestinian intellectuals to Russian literature, disseminated in Palestine via Russian schools and missionaries during the 19th century. Translation from English started to […]

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The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

M. Lynx Qualey Fourteen hundred years ago and more, the poet-prince Imru’ al-Qais was banished by his father. The king exiled his son, or so the legend goes, in part because of the prince’s poetry. Thus it was that, when the king was killed by a group of his subjects, al-Qais was traveling with friends. Al-Qais returned to avenge his […]

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“A Bitter Disappointment,” Edward Said on His Encounter with Sartre, De Beauvoir and Foucault

AUGUST 26, 2014 EUGENE WOLTERS In 1979, Edward Said was invited by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to France for a conference on Middle East peace. It was in the wake of the Camp David Accords that ended the war between Egypt and Israel, that the author of “Orientalism” and ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, was invited to contribute with other […]

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