Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry – NYU Abu Dhabi

On February 21, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm there will be a Lecture on Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry by Salwa Mikdadi Head of the Arts & Culture Programme, The Emirates Foundation, as part of the Spring Season of events from the NYU Abu Dhabi, in association with ADMAF.

In Arabic, the term Khatt references writing as drawing denoting the dimensions of calligraphy as an art form first developed to preserve the sacred words of the Quran and adhering to strict rules and styles. The formal calligraphic tradition dominated until the 1940s, when Arabic letters appeared in modern Arab art drawn in an abstract style. These fragments of Arabic texts were a reaffirmation of Arab identity and an assertion of the personal and variable in contrast to the sacred and immutable. Recently, Arab poets in collaboration with Arab artists and artists who write poetry created works that empower the image and enrich the word. This lecture will explore ways in which cursive writing in the form of poetry is used as an element of composition to create a union between two aesthetics.

Location and Time: Al Mamoura Auditorium, Abu Dhabi | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Map
Contact details:
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, +971 2 659 0596,

Award Winning Recommendations

Here are some award winning recommendations to read…

Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2010

  • A Cloudy Day of the West Side – Muhammad Al-Mansi Qindeel
  • Beyond Paradise – Mansoura Ez Eldin
  • America – Rabee Jabir
  • She Throws Sparks – Abdo Khal
  • The Lady from Tel-Aviv – Raba’i Madhoun
  • When the Wolves Grow Old – Jamal Naji

Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2009

  • Hunger – Mohamed El-Bisatie
  • The Unfaithful Translator – Fawwaz Haddad
  • The American Granddaughter – Inaam Kachachi
  • Time of White Horses – Ibrahim Nasrallah
  • The Scents of Marie-Claire – Habib Selmi
  • Beelzebub – Youssef Ziedan (Prize Recipient 2009)

Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist – 2008

Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature

  • Dafater Al-Tadween: Vol VI – Gamal Al Ghitani (2009)
  • Call of What Was Far – Ibrahim Al-Koni (2008)
  • The Prince and the Passage of the Iron Doors – Wacini Al-Aaraj (2007)

Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature winners

Emirates Foundation International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Khalil Gibran – Selected Works

We met on Monday, February 1st at 7:45 to discuss the selected works by Khalil Gibran (in Arabic جبران خليل ).  Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose and an early example of Inspirational fiction.

Given that Khalil Gibran is so well known for The Prophet, this was our focus, however we also talked about Gibran’s impact more broadly….

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