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In spite of the complexity of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict her work has been taught

at Haifa University on the one hand and has been scrawled on public walls

by Palestinian youths fighting for their rights.

Lasana M. Sekou                                                                                                          Nidaa Khoury 

 

 

Books by Lasana M. Sekou

37 Poems / Brotherhood of the Spurs / Big Up St. Martin  / Born Here Love Songs Make You Cry

Mothernation: Poems from 1984 to 1987  /  National Symbols of St. Martin / Quimbé: Poetics of Sound

The Salt Reaper: Poems from the Flats

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Nidaa Khoury, Palestinian Poet 

Signs agreement in Medellin, Colombia  

with Caribbean Publisher 

 

GREAT BAy, St. Martin (June 30, 2004)—House of Nehesi Publishers and leading Palestinian poet Nidaa Khoury signed a letter of intent on June 24, in Medellin, Colombia to publish her new book of poems in St. Martin, Caribbean, said Lasana M. Sekou.

Khoury and Sekou were in the South American city to read poetry at the 14th annual International Poetry Festival of Medellin, organized by Prometeo. It is thought to be the first time that two participants of the festival signed such an agreement at the height of the citywide event.

“We are looking at a publishing date of 2005, if all stays on schedule,” said Sekou, House Nehesi’s projects director who signed on behalf of the St. Martin publisher. “But either way once the publishing agreement is finalized, work will proceed steadily until this new book project is realized.”

Khoury was a favorite poet among the Medellin public attending the just concluded poetry festival. Widely read in the Arab world, her books have been published in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan and include The Prettiest of Gods Cry, The Barefoot River (in Arabic and Hebrew), Rings of Salt, The Belt of Wind, Braid of Thunder, and The Culture of Wine. Khoury, born in the Upper Galilee village of Fassota, lives in Israel and is involved in the Path to Peace organization and other human rights, NGO, and scholarly work.

In spite of the complexity of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict her work has been taught at Haifa University on the one hand and has been scrawled on public walls by Palestinian youths fighting for their rights. “This is a fascinating opportunity to bring this soulfully beautiful and virtually prophetic voice to the Caribbean and the Americas,” said Sekou. This will also be the first time that Khoury would be published in the Americas.

The new collection is planned for publication in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. House of Nehesi initiated discussions with the author to publish her newest collection in 2001, when Sekou first read and heard the English translations of Khoury’s poetry at Poetry Africa International Festival in South Africa, where both poets met.

“As with the new works of giants like Lamming, Brathwaite, and Baraka published by House of Nehesi, Khoury’s book will keep the bar raised to the highest in the literary arts while being profoundly engaged in the human liberation process.

“This is great inspiration and positive competition for aspiring writers and for our new authors. St. Martin people deserve this. And while we are a very small press, our wider Caribbean readers should expect no less from us,” said Sekou. Last week’s brief signing ceremony in Medellin took place in the restaurant of the Gran Hotel and was witnessed by Fernando Rendón, director of the International Poetry Festival of Medellin and the literary journal Prometeo.

Over 60 poets from over 50 countries and territories from the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific participated in the 10-day festival, which according to Sekou, “was attended literally by thousands of people.” Sekou and Khoury were also part of a smaller group of poets selected by the organizers to premier the festival in the Colombian capital of Bogotá.

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First Israeli-Arab Poet to be Included in Israeli Lit Curriculum—Omri Meniv—9 August 2012—The new literature Bagrut (matriculation) curriculum is the answer to demands brought against the Education Ministry to diversify the teaching of poetry in the educational system. Until now, the curriculum focused on a limited number of poets, mainly from Ashkenazi backgrounds. Nidaa Khoury, an Arab-Israeli poet, will be included in the curriculum with her poem Hadibrot [The Commandments]. This decision comes one year after the Education Ministry’s decision, fist revealed by Maariv Newspaper, to include the first Arab-Israeli author Sayed Kashua in the [literature] curriculum for the Jewish sector. Kashua, a columnist for Haaretz, is the creator of the hit TV series “Avoda Aravit” (“Arab Labor”). Thus, Khoury's poem will join Kashua's novel Second Person Singular.

Khoury, 53, a female, Christian-Arab, is a literature lecturer in Ben Gurion [Be'er Sheva] University who served until recently as Coordinator of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens in Israel. "First of all, I offer my congratulations for this initiative," Khoury told Maariv on August 5. "The time has come that the educational system looks forward instead of only backward, sometimes to the distant past. The time has come to encompass all the different local languages via modern written works. We must progress to a future of building a joint conversation and deep understanding of the messages in this complex country of ours. A plurality of opinions must be reflected; the generation of the future should not be educated according to only one perspective. "

The other change made by the Education Ministry is the inclusion of numerous Mizrahi poets in the curriculum: Shimon Adaf’s poem Sderot, with the name of his native city, the [notorious Iraqi-Israeli] poet Ronny Someck and others.

A study publicized by Maariv newspaper a year ago created an uproar: the study had shown that out of 213 compositions appearing in the Simply Literature textbook for seventh and eighth graders, the Mizrahi figure appeared in only eight works. In all eight, the Mizrahi narrative was displayed in the context of poverty and misery. Now it seems that the Education Ministry has learned its lesson.—al-monitor

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Book of Sins

By Nidaa Khoury

 

Khoury's poetry is fired by belief in the human and the spiritual at a time when many of us feel unreal and often spiritually hollow.—Yair Huri, Ben-Gurion University 

Written in water and ink, in between the shed blood. Nidaa Khoury's poems take us to the bosom of an ancient woman  . . . an archetype revived. The secret she whispers is 'smaller than words.'—Karin Karakasli, author, Turkey

Nidaa Khoury was born in Fassouta, Upper Galilee, in 1959. Khoury is the author of seven books published in Arabic and several other languages, including The Barefoot River, which appeared in Arabic and Hebrew and The Bitter Crown, censored in Jordan. The Palestinian poet is studied in Israeli universities and widely reviewed by the Arab press.

The founder of the Association of Survival, an NGO for minorities in Israel, Khoury has participated in over 30 international literary and human rights conferences and festivals. Khoury is the subject of the award-winning film, Nidaa Through Silence. Currently a senior lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, Khoury's poem Portal to the Orient is being produced by Sarab for Dance for performance in Palestine. Book of Sins introduces this important Middle Eastern poet to the Caribbean and the Americas.

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Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership

from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire

by Austin Bay

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Muslim visionary, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey. The West knows him best as the leading Ottoman officer in World War I’s Battle of Gallipoli—a defeat for the Allies, and the Ottoman empire’s greatest victory. Gaining fame as an exemplary military officer, he went on to lead his people in the Turkish War of Independence, abolishing the Ottoman Sultanate, emancipating women, and adopting western dress. Deeply influenced by the Enlightenment, Atatürk sought to transform the empire into a modern and secular nation-state, and during his presidency, embarked upon a program of impressive political, economic, and cultural reforms. Militarily and politically he excelled at all levels of conflict, from the tactical, through the operational, to the strategic, and into the rarified realm of grand strategy. His ability to integrate the immediate with the ultimate serves as an important lesson for leaders engaged in the twenty-first century’s great military struggles.

He became the only leader in history to successfully turn a Muslim nation into a Western parliamentary democracy and secular state, leaving behind a legacy of modernization and military and political leadership.

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American Dervish: A Novel

By Ayad Akhtar

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Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

By Sylviane Diouf

Despite the explosion in work on African American and religious history, little is known about Black Muslims who came to America as slaves. Most assume that what Muslim faith any Africans did bring with them was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. But, surprisingly, as Sylviane Diouf shows in this new, meticulously researched volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale.

Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslim slaves, following them from Africa to the Americas. It details how, even while enslaved many Black Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban, and well traveled, Black Muslims drew on their organization and the strength of their beliefs to play a major part in the most well known slave uprisings. Though Islam did not survive in the Americas in its orthodox form, its mark can be found in certain religions, traditions, and artistic creations of people of African descent.

But for all their accomplishments and contributions to the cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslim slaves have been largely ignored.

Servants of Allah is the first book to examine the role of Islam in the lives of both individual practitioners and in the American slave community as a whole, while also shedding light on the legacy of Islam in today's American and Caribbean cultures.

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The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

By Rita Dove

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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