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“Not merely a bridge between two cultures
but . . . a laboratory that illuminates the styles of modern Arabic writings” – Adonis



The doyen of translators of contemporary Arabic literature
died on Monday 21 May. In his memory Banipal offers
everyone free access to the digital edition of
Banipal 43
Celebrating Denys Johnson-Davies.
Click on the front cover image to access.

Celebrating Denys Johnson-Davies in Banipal 43 (2012)


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Banipal 58 – Arab Literary Awards starts our 20th year of publication with a timely title feature on Arab Literary Awards in which publishers, critics, authors, and literary journalists write about the impact of the increasing number of these awards on encouraging reading, on creative writing and on the literary scene.

Also included in this Spring issue are excerpts from the six shortlisted novels of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (its 10th year of awards) before its award on 25 April. An interview with Egyptian author Alaa Khaled from Alexandria opens the issue, along with a chapter from his autobiograpical first novel. Plus fiction by Nobel laureatre Naguib Mahfouz, Muhammad Khudayyir, Shahla Ujayli and Elias Farkouh; an essay by Ashur Etwebi on the ideas and works of cover artist Yahya al-Sheikh; and Literary Influences essay by Iraqi author Mahmoud Saeed.

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Complete Digital Archive of Banipal
magazine now available

Banipal digital covers issues 1 and 2

On 30 January 2017, almost exactly nineteen years after that day in February 1998 when Banipal No 1 was published, the complete digital archive of Banipal issues went live. Banipal's Publisher and Editor-at-large Margaret Obank said: “I am over the moon that we are partnering with Exact Editions to launch the digital archive. The print copies are beautiful in themselves and full of gems, but less and less accessible, so this complete digital archive, with its splendid quality of reproduction, is the way to ensure these literary riches are permanently available to the new generations of readers. It is a brilliant start to Banipal’s 20th year of publication.”

All digital subscribers will have unlimited free access via our digital partner Exact Editions to this unique archive for the duration of their subscriptions. For our full announcement of the digital archive launch click here


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 Jonathan Wright wins

 2016 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize



Jonathan WrightFront cover of The Bamboo StalkSaud Alsanousi

The 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is awarded to Jonathan Wright for his translation of the novel The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi (pictured above with the book, published by Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press/BQFP). The judges called it "a 'page-turner' translation with a universal appeal". Jonathan Wright was commended last year for his translation of Land of No Rain, by Amjad Nasser, and in 2013 was joint winner of the prize for Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan.

The Award Ceremony was held at the British Library on 22 February 2017 and the Banipal Trust's celebration of the 2016 winner the following day, 23 February, in Manchester at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, with the winner and his author in conversation with journalist Ben East. The evening was introduced by award-winning British author Melvin Burgess. For full details on the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature site, click here


Award Ceremony 13 December 2016 of the 2nd Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding

Banipal wins Sheikh Hamad Achievement Award

Banipal magazine (Banipal Publishing) was honoured to receive one of the three Achievement Awards of the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding, alongside Casa Arabe (Madrid & Cordoba, Spain) and the Ibn Tufayl Foundation of Almeria, Spain, at a Ceremony in Doha, Qatar on 13 December. For all information about all 13 winners of the awards, please visit This wonderful and timely award comes as we prepare to celebrate our 20th year of publishing from February 2017.


Hussain al-Mozany

We mourn the sudden loss of a very dear friend, the Iraqi writer and journalist Hussain al-Mozany.  We had just arrived in Ljubljana on 7 December 2016 to find postings on Facebook. In great distress we phoned his mobile and his friend Haike answered in tears. And it was true. He has departed ths life. Terrible grief for his children and family. Rest in Peace, dear Hussain.


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In the midst of the raging, destructive war that is shattering Syria, Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart presents powerful new poetry and fiction by twelve Syrian authors – works that reach out to all with contemplation and compassion, with the need to tell the story and the search to understand. The authors are Nouri al-Jarrah, Rosa Yassin Hassan, Rasha Omran, Dima Wannous, Hala Mohammad, Maha Hassan and Khaled Khalifa, plus new in English translation Haitham Hussein, Monir Almajid, Fawaz Kaderi, Nada Menzalji and Mohamad Alaaedin Abdul Moula. Plus works by Palestinian author Liana Badr and Iraqi novelist Muhsin al-Ramli, and a 50-page guest feature on Literature from Flanders.


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The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship

St Aidan’s College of the University of Durham and Banipal magazine of modern Arab literature, with the support of the British Council, have established an annual writing three-month fellowship for a published author writing in Arabic, based each year at St Aidan’s College. 

The Fellowship is based on the three cornerstones that have formed the core of Banipal magazine: that Arab literature is an essential part of world culture and human civilisation; that dialogue between different cultures needs to be continually deepened; and that the joy and enlightenment to be gained from reading beautiful poetry and imaginative writing is an integral part of human existence.

The Fellowship will encourage dialogue with the Arab world through literature. The cultural exchange and dialogue that it will enable, and create, will open windows for non-Arab audiences in the UK onto the realities of Arab cultures in all their diversity and vibrancy, enabling fruitful discourse to develop. It is hoped that this will lead to further exchange, to mutual respect, to new writings, to deeper understanding, and to contributing to Arab literature taking its rightful place in the canon of world literature.

Each year the The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship will provide a unique space for a published author writing in Arabic to reflect and to write, and to also have the opportunity to share their work with British audiences.

The first Fellowship takes place from 23 January 2017 to 21 April 2017. The first Fellow is Ali Bader from Iraq.

Postal address:
The Principal, St Aidan's College, University of Durham,
Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ, UK

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