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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra ..the peddler of knowledge

As part of its regular literary activities, the Arabic Cultural Forum in United Kingdome has been privileged to host Professor Muhsin Jasim Al-Musawi on Friday 9th June 2023. Professor Al-Musawi presented a lecture in English language about the late Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, the Palestinian writer, poet, novelist and artist who lived in Baghdad-Iraq since his immigration from Palestine in 1948. He passed away in Baghdad in 1994 due to natural causes. Over the course of his literary career, Jabra wrote novels, short stories, poetry, criticism, and a screenplay. At the start of the presentation Dr Amer AlSafar, the Chair of the Forum presented Professor Al-Musawi by saying: Muhsin al-Musawi joined Columbia University as Professor of Arabic and Comparative Studies in 2002. His teaching experience, in the Middle East, Tunisia, and Yemen, and his publications in Arabic and English present him, as one of the foremost authorities in the field. A renowned scholar and literary critic, his teaching and research interests span several periods and genres. Professor al-Musawi is the editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature, the foremost academic journal in the field of Arabic literature. He has also served as academic consultant for numerous academic institutions in the US and abroad. He was behind the largest translation and cultural program in Iraq throughout 1983-1990. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the highly prestigious 2002 Owais Award in Literary Criticism, and in 2018, the Kuwait Prize in Arabic Language and Literature and in 2022 King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Literature in English. Quite recently, his book, The Arabian Nights in Contemporary World Culture: Global Commodification, Translation, and the Culture Industry, won Sheikh Zayed Book Award. He has to his credit 12 academic books in English and more than twenty in Arabic, alongside 70 scholarly articles.

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