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Ahmad Fāris al-Shidyāq

Ahmad Fāris al-Shidyāq was a Lebanese-born Ottoman writer, scholar and journalist. Considered one of the founding fathers of modern Arabic literature, al-Shidyāq was Maronite by birth, but converted to Protestantism and eventually Islam as he travelled throughout Africa and Europe, at last settling in Istanbul where he would publish the first widely circulated newspaper in Arabic.



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Leg over Leg

fiction

January 2014

Ahmad Fāris al-Shidyāq

TR. Humphrey Davies

fiction

January 2014

First published in 1855, Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of ‘the Fāriyāq,’ alter ego of Ahmad Fāris al-Shidyāq, a pivotal...

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poetry

February 2016

[from] What It Means to Be Avant-Garde

Anna Moschovakis

poetry

February 2016

This is an excerpt from the middle of a longer poem. The full poem is in Moschovakis’s forthcoming book,...

feature

December 2013

The Horror of Philosophy

Houman Harouni

feature

December 2013

An article published in this same venue opens with a grievance: ‘We lack the philosophers that we require for...

Art

March 2014

Amy Sillman: The Labour of Painting

Paige K. Bradley

Amy Sillman

Art

March 2014

The heritage of conceptualism and minimalism leaves a tendency to interpret a reduction in form as intellectually rigorous. If...

 

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