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Writing Modern Literature in the Arab World

08 Apr 2021 | 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


In the first edition of the digital AGYA Alumni Lecture Series, AGYA Alumnus Bilal Orfali will welcome Omani writer Dr. Jokha Alharthi. 

Dr. Alharthi is the first Arab winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies. Dr. Alharthi was educated in Oman and the UK. She obtained her PhD in classical Arabic literature from Edinburgh University, and currently works as Associate Professor in the Arabic department at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat. She is the author of twelve books, including Celestial Bodies, published by Sandstone Press in the UK, and Narinjah, winner of the Sultan Qaboos Award for culture, art, and literature in Oman. Dr. Alharthi’s works let the reader experience Oman’s relationship with its history through the eyes of the characters.

The discussion between Dr. Jokha Alharthi and Dr. Bilal Orfali will focus on her recently published novel Harir al-Ghazalah, and the challenges of writing modern literature in the Arab World in general. 

About the Alumni Lecture Series

In this digital lecture series, AGYA Alumni invite inspiring international high-profile speakers from various backgrounds including politicians, award-winning experts, public intellectuals, and artists for talks and discussions on current topics of interest. Through the addressed topics and invited experts, the organizers aim to provide valuable insights into a variety of interesting educational, political, and cultural fields in the Arab world and Germany, thus stimulating further research and collaboration within and beyond AGYA. 

Date, Time & Venue

Online and via livestream
08 April 2021, 8:00 – 09:30 pm (GMT + 4) 
08 April 2021, 6:00 – 07:30 pm (CET) 


Arabic with simultaneous translation into English

Contact & Registration

Please register here: https://bit.ly/2NKINh5

Please contact agya(at)bbaw.de in case of any questions.

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