Religious extremism, political and social conflict and women’s struggles emerge as key themes with the November 11th, 2010 announcement of the longlist contenders for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2011, one of the most prestigious and important literary events of its kind in the Arab world. The judging panel whittled down the longlist of 16 from a total of 123 entries, from 17 countries across the Arab world. Seven women make the longlist of 16, the highest number in the Prize’s history.
On January 10th we welcomed in the new year with an exception with our bilingual mandate for a discussion of The Sand Fish by Dubai’s very own Maha Gargash. The Sand Fish is readily available in local bookstores, however is only available in English.