Thomas Aplin was born in England in 1979. He has a first class degree in BA Arabic from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh, where he is currently pursuing a PhD on the Saudi novel.
His interest in contemporary Arabic fiction was kindled by the late Abdelrahman Munif’s al-Nihayat, which he read as an undergraduate during a year spent studying in Damascus. Since 2007 he has regularly contributed to Banipal with translations of various short stories and novel excerpts. He has also worked as a consultant researcher on a number of high profile cultural projects in the Arabian Gulf.
Banipal No 31 Spring 2008
Banipal No 34 The World of Arab Fiction
Banipal No 40 – Libyan Fiction
Banipal No 46 – 80 New Poems
Banipal No 36 Literature in Yemen Today
Banipal No 41 Celebrating Adonis
Banipal No 42 New Writing from the Emirates
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