Middle East Exile and Migration Literature (1875)

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This is another series of classes in continuing the series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to explore the fascinating literature by authors from differing communities writing about the anxiety and alienation of migration – forced or voluntary – both come with a high price of leaving one’s home, family and community…the worry or threat of losing one’s identity and culture is at stake. “Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience,” Edward Said wrote in his essay Reflections on Exile. “It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literature and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exile’s life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement.” So let us explore together the literature written by Egyptian, Palestinian, Israeli, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Moroccan authors about their displacement, migration, diaspora, exile, and estrangement.  We will learn about their native lands as well as their “new homes” where they chose or had no choice to go to.  Join me on another literary journey about the Middle East and North Africa through its literature.

  1. Lebanon: Only in London by Hanan Al-Shaykh ISBN: 978-0385721219
  2. Egypt: Chicago by Alaa Al-Aswany ISBN: 978-0061452581 and/or Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge: A Novel by Ezzedine C. Fishere (Author), John Peate (Translator) ISBN: 978-9774168192
  3. Morocco: Leaving Tangiers by Tahar Ben Jalloun ISBN: 978-0143114659
  4. Palestine: Fractured Destinies by Rabai Al-Madhoun ISBN: 9789774168628
  5. Israel: All the Rivers: A Novel by Dorit Rabinyan, Jessica Cohen(Translator) ISBN: 978-0375508295
  6. Iraq: The Loved Ones by Alia Mamdouh ISBN: 978-1558615564

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org)

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Only in London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385721219
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Published: Anchor - October 8th, 2002

Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge (Hoopoe Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9789774168192
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Published: Hoopoe - April 1st, 2017

Leaving Tangier: A Novel Cover Image
By Tahar Ben Jelloun, Linda Coverdale (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143114659
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

Fractured Destinies Cover Image
ISBN: 9789774168628
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Published: Hoopoe - April 1st, 2018

All the Rivers: A Novel Cover Image
By Dorit Rabinyan, Jessica Cohen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780375508295
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Published: Random House - April 25th, 2017

The Loved Ones: A Modern Arabic Novel (Women Writing the Middle East) Cover Image
By Alia Mamdouh, Marilyn L. Booth (Translator), Helene Cixous (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781558615564
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Published: Feminist Press - September 1st, 2007

Chicago: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061452581
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 29th, 2009