Haitham Dabbour’s novel “Embargo” juxtaposes the traditional Scheherazade with a contemporary careerwoman who publicly accuses her boss of harassment.
As Basra’s chief librarian, Alia Muhammed Baqer rescued 30,000 books and manuscripts from being lost as British forces occupied the city in 2003.
The iconic Al-Jahith’s Treasury has witnessed a century of history and survived a series of tragedies, including a devasting fire in 2018.
Ideas Beyond Borders is donating more than 2,500 books to the library, which was among the finest in the Middle East before it was destroyed by ISIS and coalition bombing.
Much of the city’s creative life was centered in two historic neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the blast.
Despite suffering extensive damage from the port explosion, libraries and independent bookstores are resuming their role as providers of community outreach and support.
In a regular forum, the library gives Qataris a chance to meet world-class researchers face-to-face and have informal discussions that motivate youth to explore science in depth.
The Townhouse art gallery, a cultural landmark, has survived a raid by state authorities and a building collapse.
Art and politics are inseparable in the works of Ghassan Kanafani, now collected in a definitive new edition.