From the Editors
[Amal Dunqul (1940-1983) was part of what is known as the "sixties generation" of Egyptian poets and one of the most significant (political) poets of modern Arabic literature who remains largely untranslated. Dunqul was born in Upper Egypt, and like many writers, migrated to Cairo from the countryside. He wrote six collections of poetry, apart from dispersed poems which were collected in his Complete Works after he tragically died early due to complications of ...Keep Reading »
[This interview was originally conducted in Arabic by Jadaliyya co-editor Ibtisam Azem and is translated by Suneela Mubayi. You can read the original Arabic here] Jadaliyya interviewed Hoda Barakat on the occasion of the publication of her fifth novel, Malakut Hadhihi-l-Ard [The Kingdom of this Earth] (Dar al-Adab, Beirut). Barakat was born in Lebanon in 1952 and moved to Paris in 1989, where she now lives and works as a writer and journalist. She has published ...Keep Reading »
[Madinat al-Suwar (The City of Images, Amman: Dar Azmina, 2011) is the latest novel by Iraqi author Luay Hamza Abbas (b. 1965). It is narrated in flashback by a boy growing up in Basra through the seventies and eighties before and during the rule of Saddam Hussein with memories of his childhood and the people he grew up with. The political developments that he lived through and their impact on those around him are blended in with the travails of adolescence and memories of ...Keep Reading »
The Iraqi-Assyrian Sargon Boulos (1944-2007) was born in Habbaniya, Iraq, into an Assyrian Christian family. He moved to Kirkuk with his family in the 1950s and began writing poetry from an early age. He learnt English at a young age due to his father’s association with the British and read English and American poetry avidly as a youth, especially the American Beat poets. After moving to Baghdad in 1964, he befriended Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, who sent his poetry to the ...Keep Reading »
Suneela Mubayi is a graduate student at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.