In the “publications … first look” corner we stand on the latest publications issued by the most prominent publishers, universities and study centers in the Arab world and some foreign languages within many fields that vary between thinking, literature and history, and open to all races, whether issued or translated into Arabic.
This is a first approach to publications that we introduce to the Arab reader, away from the publishers ‘propaganda or critics’ guidelines. First reading gives keys to move on to texts.
This week’s choices are divided between poetry, theater, plastic arts, the internet, and historical, philosophical, critical, and cultural studies.
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In the first comprehensive study in Arabic of the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard (1924 – 1998), the book by Moroccan researcher Al-Saeed Labib was recently published by the “Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies” entitled “Jean-Francois” . Lyotard and the critique of totalitarian thinking “(580 pages). The work falls within the context of finding methods in analysis and philosophy that are able to accommodate intellectual currents and confront extremist tendencies. The study is divided into three sections : knowledge, ethics and politics, art and aesthetics, to include the general concerns of the philosopher during his life.
The book “Actors and Dynamics in the Middle Phase of the Syrian Conflict” was published by “Routledge Publications” in London, edited by the British professors of international relations Jasmine Jani and Raymond Heinbesch. The book covers the war in Syria from the beginning of armed demonstrations in 2012 until it achieves what the book describes as the frozen war in 2018. The researchers approach the failure of peaceful demonstrations to advance the democratic process, its transformation into violence and the sharp polarization of social forces, as well as the emergence of the war economy and mass displacement as a result of extreme violence.
On “Dar Al-Fasla” in Tangier, a monodramatic play entitled “Dunya” by Moroccan poet and journalist Taha Adnan was recently released. The work consists of eighteen scenes in which the author tells the biography of Dounia, a young woman of the second generation of Moroccan immigrants in Belgium, who faces the issue of identity, and who considers herself “somewhat” Moroccan, and with “almost” Belgian affiliation.The work deals with the biography of his only heroine, from her “difficult, without passion” childhood, according to the publisher’s definition, to her present, shortly after her marriage to a man who is nothing else as an excuse to escape family.
The book “A History of the Blacks of Europe” was published by the French “Alban Michel”, by Olivier Auteuil, a professor of history at the University of Bristol. The book covers a stage that stretches from antiquity to the present day, and demonstrates that the presence of Africans in Europe dates back to antiquity, through the figure of the Egyptian Saint Maurice, depicted in works of art as a white man. The book also approaches in depth the thorny relationship between blacks and Europeans, in an attempt to decipher the 2,000-year-old discrimination code, and shed light on issues of racism and identity, from ancient times through the Renaissance to today.
On the authority of “Page Seven”, and signed by the translator Muhammad Al-Rahmoni, the Arabic version of the book “Does Muslim Women Need Rescue?” By Palestinian-American researcher Laila Abu-Lughod. The book analyzes and criticizes the “concern” shown by some Western feminist movements about Muslim women, and the need for European and American “intervention” to “save” them. The researcher also argues, through her three decades of research, that the situation of Muslim women is more complex than Westerners think, and that the normative lexicon they use does not help to understand and describe the lives of women.
“Owning Nature: Environment and Property in History” is the title of a collective book, edited by researchers Frédéric Graber and Fabien Loché, recently published in French by Amsterdam Publications in Paris. The book is based on the neglect of discussions on ecology and the environment for decades, in favor of the issue of ownership, which the book’s authors regard as “central”, as “forms of ownership are closely linked” to the human relationship in the country. The work seeks to highlight the different forms of ownership of nature and its role in the disruption of the ecosystem, as well as in a number of political and geopolitical conflicts.
Recently, published by “Dar Al-Rafidain”, the book “Disruptions in Building the Iraqi State: External Forces, Tribe and Religion – The Theory of Missing Modernity”, by the former Iraqi diplomat, Muhammad Saeed Al-Shakarji. The author suggests answers to the phenomena that Iraq has seen in recent times: from the shaky democratic process, and the emergence of terrorist movements, to the social and political role of the tribe, as well as religious references. He concludes with a theory he calls “lost modernity”, in which he goes back to the process of state-building and his “difficult birth” under external prescriptions in 1921, and its impact still exists today.
“A Treatise on the Science of Writing and Inks” is the title of the recently published book within the “Cultural Heritage Series” by the “General Egyptian Authority”, researched and studied by Ahmed Gomaa Abdel Hamid, Hassan Ali Obaid, and Yahya Zakaria Al-Soudah. The book is by an unknown author who lived during the Ottoman rule, and falls within the context of the literature that dealt with manuscript science, as it is discussed in eight chapters that begin by talking about the virtues of science, and then the industries of a number of inks in that era such as black ink and hot oil ink, and without a chapter out on the science of colored ink and the types of pigments for paper in which gold and silver were used.
From “William Collins Publications”, “Crazy Shakespeare: From Classroom to Theater to Emergency Room” by British critic Jonathan Peet is published. The author has discussed in previous books the impact of mental illness on writers such as Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, especially the war with Spain, which lasted about twenty years, and his infatuation, and losing his mind at the end of his life due to fever.
On the “Al-Mawasat Publications” and “Dar Al-Suwaidi Publishing and Distribution”, the book “The Mecca Journey: From Tehran to the Hijaz through Astana, Egypt and the Levant” was recently published. The book, which won the “Ibn Battuta Prize for Translation” in the 2019 session, was written by Qajar Sultan Murad Mirza and translated from Persian by Abdul Karim Jaradat. The work is one of the most prominent texts on pilgrimages written in the Persian language. Where his owner recorded his observations on his long journey to Hajj, which lasted for nine months between August 1880 and May 1881, and included Iran, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, the Hijaz and the Levant.
“The Corrupt City Texts” is the title of a recently published book by Iraqi author Ali Abdul-Nabi al-Zaidi on “The Publications of the Union of Writers and Writers” in Baghdad. The work includes theatrical texts dealing with the Iraqi city after the “political, economic and social devastation it caused due to the continuing dictatorships with their destructive actions on people and geography, and the new dictatorships that created terrorism, wars and other things and oppress, oppress and kill people in Iraq. ” The author has previously published theater volumes; Among them are “The Eight Days of the Week” (2001) and “The Return of the Man Who Didn’t Leave” (2005).