By Gouthama Siddarthan* — Speculative fiction has, of late, been catching up in the world of writing which is highly enamoured of it. But there is a great danger of this fascination falling into the groove of popular legal thriller. The danger bristles with the risky possibility of …Read More »
Dispatches from the Beyond: ‘The Greek Papyrus’ proves Ahmed Al-Mahdi can outdo the Hellenists at their own Game!
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD I’ve never been very partial towards reading heavy-duty fantasy novels, I’m loath to admit, let alone a full length fantasy novel in Arabic. So it was a refreshing change from my usual diet of hard sci-fi to read Ahmed Salah Al-Mahdi’s The Greek Papyrus: …Read More »
The is a translation of an interview conducted by Mohamed Nazreen Shahul Hamid and published in the November 2018 edition of “Dewan Sastera“, a Malaysian literary magazine edited by Zaharahanum Kamarudin. The interviewee, Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD, is currently a member of the Egyptian Society for Science Fiction (ESSF) and a …Read More »
Yasmin Khan’s new cookbook, “Zaitoun,” documents her travels in the West Bank and Gaza, and the beauty of the food she encountered there… taken from The New York Times. “Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen,” which is being published in the United States this week by W.W. Norton & Company, …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Resistance literature, in the Arabic tradition, has been defined as: The literature of any group or people that are aware of their identity and fighting for their freedom against an aggressive other, and for their collective deliverance. The key words are freedom, collective …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD I had the good fortune of attending a book signing event once, with Ibrahim Nasrallah as the guest of honour, and during the question-answer session, somebody mentioned George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. This was no coincidence since the book being signed away was Nasrallah’s …Read More »
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the President of Angola, Joao Lourenco, who was in the UAE to attend the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, at Al Shati Palace on Sunday. H.H. Sheikh …Read More »
The total value of non-oil trade between the UAE and the Republic of Armenia reached AED920 million during 2017, compared to AED375 million in 2015, the Ministry of Economy has said. In a report on the trade policy review between the two countries, the ministry said that doubling of trade …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD I made the mistake of reading, and the even bigger mistake of ‘buying’, M. M. Tawfik’s novel Candygirl: An Egyptian Novel, published in English by the AUC Press in 2013. (Mr. Tawfik did the translation himself, and he does a reasonably competent job …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD* Iritdad or ‘Backwards’ is a science fiction novel by Egyptian author Muhammad Ahmed Al-Nagui, published originally in 2016. As you can probably guess from the title, the novel fits in the time-travel genre. The story is set in the distant future, 2107 to be …Read More »
“The Sole Spokesman: Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Founding of Pakistan” – by Ayesha Jalal (Author) — Reviewed By Dr. Geoffrey Cook* — In the West, it is easy to paint Mohammad Ali Jinnah as the “evil” nemesis of Gandhi in the struggle for self-rule on the Indian subcontinent. The one …Read More »
Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot to the latest episode of Westworld. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation by Terri Favro. It’s an interesting and funny …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD There are many avenues you can pursue to make sense of the Israelis, it emerges, once you dabble in the second-hand book market here in Egypt. One way of getting to the bottom of them is to look at how they look at us, …Read More »
By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — First appeared on al-Mesbar Studies and Research Centre — The “Arab Spring” revolutions lent an unprecedented opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood movement to emerge from secrecy and take political power, whether by ballot or by bullet, in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and elsewhere. Indeed, the Brotherhood …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD* What can we say, off the bat, about Iraq + 100, published by independent UK-based publisher Comma Press in 2016? Well, first of all, it’s a brave attempt by a small publisher to establish Iraq in the field of science fiction, a genre that …Read More »
By: Wasan Abu-Baker* Dr. Rola Ghanem is a Palestinian contemporary novelist, from the city of Tulkarem. Her short story, Feelings Out of the Law, is a beautiful piece that creatively covers a significance topic within Palestinian society. She is brave to bring to light social issues found in society which …Read More »
The Present Absentees, The Suffering of Palestinians living within the Green Line, Rola Ghanem’s (The Green Line)
By: Wasan Abu-Baker Dr. Rola Ghanem is a Palestinian novelist from the city of Tulkarem, she tells the story of her father through this novel which resembles the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation and reveals the struggle of generations. In the novel, she highlighted the importance of education …Read More »
Reviewed by: Wasan Abu-Baker* Dima Al Samman, is a contemporary Jerusalemite Palestinian novelist. She was born and raised in ancient Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University. She received a High Diploma in Television Direction and is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry …Read More »
Jerusalem Stands Alone. Written by: Mahmoud Shukair. Reviewed by: Wasan Abu Baker. Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian author, born in Jabal Mukaber, Jerusalem in 1941. He has written short stories and novels for adults and teenagers. His work has focused on the Palestinian cause, especially Jerusalem. Mr. Shukair has authored …Read More »
BOOK REVIEW – Back to the Future: Ahmed Al-Mahdi Charts a Course through the Arabic Winter of Discontent!
If you remember, Ahmed Salah Al-Mahdi wrote a stunning post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel called Malaaz: City of Resurrection. Now he’s written the long anticipated prequel, The Black Winter (2018), launched at the Cairo international book festival – and with the help of Amna, a Jordanian publishing house no less. To add …Read More »
BOOK REVIEW – Apocalyptic Aftermath: Ahmed Al-Mahdi’s Malaaz (2017) takes on The Road Warrior, and Beats Him!
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD We tend to think of post-apocalyptic novels as the exclusive preserve of the modern world. We tend to think of science fiction in general as the exclusive preserve of the modern world. Not so, says Egypt’s youthful fantasy, SF author Ahmed Salah Al-Mahdi in his …Read More »
BOOK REVIEW – Split Personality: Ammar’s Shadows of Atlantis Challenges Arabs to Better Themselves through Science Fiction!
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Shadows of Atlantis (2017) is an alien invasion/post-apocalyptic story penned by a youthful Egyptian author, Ammar Mahmoud Al-Masry. The one human city that has been able to withstand the storm is New Atlantis, an Egyptian city built in the Western desert, becoming a refuge …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Reem: Into the Unknown (2017), a novel by Ahmed Salah Al-Mahdi, is about a lovely little Egyptian girl with blue eyes and blonde hair who is being forced into witchcraft by her evil grandmother. The girl, Reem, crosses paths with the central protagonist of …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Used books are one of my favourite pastimes here in Egypt and one of the few things that keep you human in these compressed times and, as luck would have, I was drawn to the front cover of an oldish novel from the 1980s. …Read More »
By Emad El-Din Aysha,PhD Akwan (2017) or ‘Universes’ is an exceptional novel by Egyptian standards, and for several reasons. One, it’s a science fiction novel and a hard-core sci-fi novel at that, dealing with parallel universes and alternate dimensions. (The Egypt of nowadays, horror and supernatural thrillers count …Read More »
“The Israeli Labor Party 1968-1999” (In Arabic) By Dr. Haytham A. Mouzahem – Reviewed by Professor Adham Saouli — In this book, Dr. Haytham.A. Mouzahem sheds light on the historical, ideological, political,organizational, and electoral features of the Israeli Labor Party. Divided into three parts and an introduction, the study’s first …Read More »
Reviewed by Marvin and Francine Weinbaum — Breaking Faith: A Novel of Espionage and an American’s Crisis of Conscience in Pakistan, by Graham E. Fuller. Bozorg Press, 2015. 484 pages. $18.95 paper. Middle East Journal, Fall 2015 — A successful political novel seamlessly intertwines fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction provides the …Read More »
THE LEVANT NEWS — Author: Bruno Ballardini Title: ISIS:The marketing of Apocalypse Publisher: Baldini & Castoldi, Milano, Italy Since June 2014, our talk shows have concerned nothing but lone wolves slaughtering the heart of Europe and the videos of the brutal executions carried out in Middle East by IS’s militants. The Western …Read More »