Several prominent Syrian publishing houses and bookstores have closed in recent years, the latest signs of cultural death in an economy hard hit by war.
“University is universal in nature, hence the name,” argues the Bahraini scholar Nader Kadhim. His cultural criticism takes an interdisciplinary approach.
French, the language of the former colonial power, is under threat as Algerian officials insist on the use of Arabic by civil servants and encourage English in higher education.
Sahar Abdallah, an Egyptian living in Canada, creates “visual poems” inspired by works by literary giants like Fouad Haddad and Mahmoud Darwish.
This year’s summer session, held online, focused on the use of Arabic as an active academic language in European universities.
The Bila Hudood festival invited people to join online discussions of contemporary Arabic literature in genres such as food writing, memoir and poetry.
The authors examine ideas about artificial intelligence that are prevalent in the Arab world and seek to bring them into the wider debate.
A Palestinian teacher of Arabic uses film, poetry and songs from Palestine to engage students in meaningful conversations.
The coronavirus lockdowns inspired a shift to online book clubs among groups that focus on Arab authors and their international readers.