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Sabry Hafez

Sabry Hafez outlines the rationale behind the launch of Al-Kalimah, The Word, in cyberspace. He sets out the Arabic cultural context in which it emerges, the need for a free debating space, and the role it hopes to play in re-establishing the power of the independent word. He explains the present status of the English site of The Word, until its fully bilingual version is launched in 2008..... Read More


Orhan Pamuk

Confronting a suitcase full of notebooks left by his father, himself a writer, Orhan Pamuk experienced troubling emotions - anxiety, rivalry, shame. Here the Nobel laureate pays tribute to his most loyal reader, his real father, and his symbolic one, European literature..... Read More


Mike Davis

'As your jet starts its descent, you are glued to your window. The scene below is astonishing: a 24-square-mile archipelago of coral-coloured islands in the shape of an almost-finished puzzle of the world..... Read More


Mahmoud Darwish

Although Mahmoud Darwish wrote this long poem during the destructive siege of 2002, its poetic power and topical relevance are still valid today on both the dire Palestinian situation which demonstrated the destructive power of siege, and on the wider Arab one with its varied manifestations of the mentality of a besieged nation. Al-Kalimah offers the full translation of this long poem...... Read More

Ali Bader

Ali Bader is probably the most significant novelist to emerge in Iraq in the last two decades. He offers his insights into the dichotomy of the Iraqi intellectual movement, between home and exile, and the problems Iraqi writers face during these tragic and turbulent times..... Read More


Nicola Liscutin

The translation of Rashid al-Daif's recent book into German engendered a wide debate in Arabic. But none of the articles on the issue presented a thorough reading of the German text, and the strategies of its form. Here Al-Kalimah offers the first critical analysis of this text by the German critic and Scholar, Nicola Liscutin, which deals insightfully with the politics of representation, power and the core issues of this debate. ..... Read More


Mahmud Lashin

Al-Kalimah is aware that one of the major shortcomings of Arabic culture is its lack of historical memory. This lies behind its Milestones section which offers readers some of the cultural landmarks of their recent past, and this short story is one of them..... Read More











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