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Alif 37 (2017): Literature and Journalism

Alif  36 (2016): Friendship Representations and Cultural Variations

Alif 35 (2015): New Paradigms in the Study of Middle Eastern Literatures



Alif 37  (2017): Literature and Journalism   

English Section

Sabry Hafez: "Cultural Journals and Modern Arabic Literature: A Historical Overview"

Hannah Scott Deuchar: "'Nahḍa': Mapping a Keyword in Cultural Discourse"

Stephen Sheehi: "Al-Kawakibi: From Political Journalism to a Political Science of the “Liberal” Arab Muslim"

Adam Spanos: "Mediating Iltizām: The Discourse on Translation in the Early Years of al-Ādāb"

Hoda El Shakry: "Printed Matter(s): Critical Histories and Perspectives on Tunisian Cultural Journals"

Mahmoud Zidan: "Richard Wright as a Cold War Literary Journalist"

Francisco Rodríguez Sierra: "Fictional Boundaries in the “Journalistic Fiction” of Gabriel García Márquez and Rabee Jaber"

Nancy Linthicum: "The Cultural Newspaper Akhbar al-Adab and the Making of Egypt’s 'Nineties Generation'"

Alexa Firat: "Reformed Discourse: Awrāq, Journal of the Syrian Writers’ Association"

Ahmed Morsi (Introduced and Interviewed by Hala Halim): "Intermediality and Cultural Journalism"

Arabic Section

Samy Soliman Ahmed: "The Abridged Autobiography in al-Hilal Magazine: Narrative Components and Cultural Functions"

Alaaeldin Mahmoud: "The Presence/Absence of a Literary Canon in al-Nadīm’s and Ṣannū‘’s Journals"

Shereen Abouelnaga: "Journalistic Reception of Layla Ba‘albakki’s Literary Discourse"

Dina Heshmat: "Writing Contemporary Algeria between Literature and Journalism"

Drew Paul: "From Political Party Press to “Disruption” in Palestine: The Journalistic and Literary Website Qadita net"

Manal al-Natour: "Intersections in Emerging Syrian Fiction with Journalism"

Hanin Hanafi: "Literary Blogs, Towards a New Genre: The Case of Baghdad Burning"

Nezar Andary: "Journalist and Writer Anthony Shadid: Personal Testimony and Critical Insights"

Wadei Philistin: "My Life Between Journalism and Literature"

Ezzat El Kamhawi: "Wrestling with the Tiger"



 Alif  36 (2016): Friendship Representations and Cultural Variations 

English Section:

David Konstan: "Loyalty: The Missing Virtue in Classical Thought"

Héba Machhour: "L’amitié pour Montaigne: L’ami — le livre"

Suha Kudsieh: "Beyond Colonial Binaries: Amicable Ties among Egyptian and European Scholars, 1820 - 1850"

Sara Nimis: “As if with him in bed”: Intimacy and Authority in Early Modern Arab Biographies"

Ahmed Elnimeiri: "Thoreau and Emerson: An Anatomy of a Friendship"

Doaa Embabi: "Friendship and Solidarity in Prison: Mandela and Habashi"

Annemarie Pabel: "'I want the diary to be my friend':The Imagined Friend in Anne Frank’s Diary"

 Marwa Ramadan: "Friendship without Boundaries: Spirituality and Sufi Wisdom in Schmitt’s Monsieur" 

"Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an"

Hala Amin: "The Politics of Friendship in Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman"

Mohamad Malas: "Portrait of a Friend: Sonallah Ibrahim" (Translated by Margaret Litvin)

Arabic Section:

Mahmoud el-Dabaa: "Friendship and Ideology in Selected Novels by Mahfouz"

Haitham Alhajali: "Techniques and Function of the Narrator-Friend in Mahfouz and al-Wakil"

Ahmad A. Elsheemi: "Friendship in the Poetry of al-Mutanabbi and John Milton"

Faten Hussein: "Friends in Illness: A Reading in Arabic Memoirs of Illness"

Asmaa Mouikel: "Friendship and Lesbianism in Feminist Narratives"

Wen-chin Ouyang: "Male Friendship and Brotherhood in Arabic and Chinese Cultures"

Ghada Abdel Hafeez: "Sisterhood across Ethnicities: A Reading of Toni Morrison’s A Mercy"

Safaa Fathy: "Derrida and the Politics of Friendship and Enmity: An Assimilative Reading"

May Muzaffar: "Friendship: Testimony and Scenes"

Alif  35 (2015): New Paradigms in the Study of Middle Eastern Literatures 

English Section:
Amir Moosavi: "How to Write Death: Resignifying Martyrdom in Two Novels of the Iran-Iraq War"


Hanan Hammad: "From Orientalism to Khomeinism: A Century of Persian Studies in Egypt"

Christine Gilmore: “A Minor Literature in a Major Voice”: Narrating Nubian Identity in Contemporary Egypt" 

Mary Youssef: "The Aesthetics of Difference: History and Representations of Otherness in al-Nubi and Wahat al-ghurub" 

Douja Mamelouk: "New National Discourses: Tunisian Women Write the Revolution" 

Blake Atwood: "Tehran’s Textual Topography: Mapping Youth Culture in Contemporary Persian Literature" 

Sharareh Frouzesh: "The Receding Horizon: Iranian Films and the Overcoming of the Melancholia of Justice" 

Babak Elahi: "The Critic as Activist: The Art Review Discourse in Iran" 

Amira El-Zein: "Mythological Tuareg Gods in Ibrahim al-Koni’s Work"

Balqis Al-Karaki: “'Like a Balcony': The Philosophical Text within the Poetic Metaphor" 

Michael Beard: "Reflections on Modern Literatures of the Middle East" (Interview)

Arabic Section:
Asmaa Mouikel: "Middle Eastern Femininity and Feminist Narratives" 

Haidar Khezri: "Arabic Comparative Literature: Intersections with West Asian Literature"

Dina Heshmat: "Mahfouz’s Cairo and Pamuk’s Istanbul: The City and Historical and Cultural Upheavals" 

Marie Thérèse Abdelmessih: "National/Diasporic Exile: Crossroads and Future Prospects" 

Farhad Shakely: "Kurdish Short Story: Emergence, Development, and Future Horizons" 

Ahmed Gamal: "Retranslating Identity and Gender in Leila Aboulela’s The Translator and Lyrics Alley" 

Doha Massabi: "Intertextuality between Kitab al-hub and the Sufi Text" 

Mounira Soliman: "The History of Arab National Songs: A Popular Culture Approach" 

Walid El Khachab: "Sufi Cinema and Filmic Poetry in Abbas Kiarostami’s Work" 

Dalia Said Mostafa: "Filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan: Cinema of Social Relations in Contemporary Turkish Society" 

Haifa Zangana: "A Non-Personal Portrait: Remembrance of a Hybrid Origin"

Tara Flynn Deubel: "Poetics of Diaspora: Sahrawi Poets and Postcolonial Transformations of a Trans-Saharan Genre in Northwest Africa" (Translated by Mohammed Birairi)