Tajdeed: Bringing Contemporary Arabic Stories to America


WHEN April 6, 2017
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

In 2016, American literary magazine The Common published a special issue devoted to contemporary Arabic fiction. Co-edited by the journal's editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker and prominent Jordanian writer Hisham Bustani, the issue was the result of four years of collaboration that began in Abu Dhabi. Today, award-winning Egyptian writer Youssef Rakha, who contributed an introduction to the volume, joins the issue’s editors to discuss the 25 stories representing 15 countries across the Middle East, as well as the topics of translation from Arabic to English and international artistic collaboration.

NOTE: This event will be in English with simultaneous Arabic translation.

  • Jennifer Acker, Visiting Lecturer, Amherst College; Editor in Chief, The Common
  • Youssef Rakha, Writer, Individuals
  • Hisham Bustani, Writer, Individuals
Moderated by
  • Marion Wrenn, Senior Lecturer, Director of the Writing Program, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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