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Arab-Israeli Book Review Club

Since the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East, growing numbers of people have been getting in touch to ask about the Arab-Israeli Book Review.

Posted: 2 December 2011

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Arab-Israeli Book Review Club

Ariel Kahn, Senior Lecturer for the Department of English and Creative Writing, was recently interviewed by Arab-Israeli Book Review, a London-based book club which explores life in the Middle East through literature which he currently co-chairs. This website aims to involve a wider audience in the exploration and engagement of the Middle East’s rich and layered literary legacy. They believe that creating dialogue between texts is a great way to promote understanding of Arab and Israeli culture, language and identity.

Since the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East, growing numbers of people have been getting in touch to ask about the Arab-Israeli Book Review. Why was it established? How are books chosen? And, perhaps most urgently, what does it hope to achieve? To put things in perspective, co-founder Ariel Kahn spoke to the Review’s online editor Chris Cox about politics, laughter and bridging the Arab-Israeli divide. “What I love about the book club is the creation of a shared space where people can feel comfortable sharing their struggles and engagement with literature”, Kahn comments.

You can find the full interview and more about the Arab-Israeli Book Review Here

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