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Banipal 74: Celebrating Khalida Said and Modern Arabic Poetry

Banipal 74: Celebrating Khalida Said and Modern Arabic Poetry

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This issue explores and celebrates the development of modernism in modern Arabic poetry:

• Main feature is on vanguard Syrian literary critic Khalida Said with an especially commissioned interview by Dima al-Choukr

• Articles on Khalida Said’s incisive and encyclopaedic works of literary criticism by Abdo Wazen, Fares Youakim and Dima al-Choukr

• Plus Fatima Al-Muhsin writing about Said’s work on Arab women writers, and Akl Awit celebrating Said, the visionary critic

• Selected essays by Khalida Said – on the modernist Arabic poetry movement, a portrait of her sister the poet Saniya Salih, and on Gibran’s all-encompassing vision of creativity.

• Historic interviews with poets Sargon Boulus (1944-2007) and Etel Adnan (1925-2021), first time translated into English

• Poems by four modernist poets – Khaled Mattawa, Liana Badr, Naji Rahim and Basim Al-Ansar

• Articles by Salah Niazi, Mahmoud Chreih and Abdo Wazen on two major pioneers in Arabic prose poetry – Iraqi-Jewish Murad Mikhail (1906–1986) and Syrian-Palestinian Tawfiq Sayigh (1923-1971).