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The queue : a novel
ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz, Basmah, author
Brooklyn : Melville House, 2016
"Set against the backdrop of a failed political uprising, The Queue is a chilling debut that evokes Orwellian dystopia, Kafkaesque surrealism, and a very real vision of life after the Arab Spring. In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as 'the Gate' has risen to power in the aftermath of the 'Disgraceful Events,' a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer. Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter's health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia's health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia's case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life. Written with dark, subtle humor, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it"--
Baker Berry PJ7904.A95 T3313 2016

The extra
Yehoshua, Abraham B. author
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
"From the internationally acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a musician who returns home and finds the rhythm of her life interrupted and forever changed Noga, 42, a divorcee from Jerusalem, is a harpist with an orchestra in the Netherlands. When her father dies suddenly, she is summoned home by her brother to help make decisions in urgent family and personal matters, among them whether to keep a rent-controlled apartment even as they are placing their reluctant mother in an assisted-living facility, and facing her former husband -- with whom she would have no children -- who still loves her passionately despite being remarried with two children. During her imposed three-month residence in Jerusalem, Noga's brother finds her work playing an extra in movies, television, and opera. These new identities undermine the firm boundaries of behavior heretofore protected by the music she plays and Noga, always an extra in someone els's story, takes charge of the plot. Yehoshua at his liveliest storytelling best, a bravura performance. "--
Baker Berry PJ5054.Y42 N5813 2016

The Georgetown guide to Arabic-English translation
Mughazy, Mustafa, 1974- author
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2016]
Getting words across : word-level translation problems and strategies -- Putting words together : phrase-level translation problems and strategies -- Inside the sentence : functional categories -- The sentence and beyond -- Annotated texts -- Answer key -- Appendix 1. Arabic acronyms and abbreviations -- Appendix 2. Conjunctive frozen expressions -- Appendix 3. Adverbial frozen expressions -- Appendix 4. Exocentric compounds -- Appendix 5. Noun-adjective collocations -- Appendix 6. Verb-object collocations -- Appendix 7. Light verbs -- Appendix 8. Common expressions in business correspondence.

Mughazy, a well-respected scholar of Arabic linguistics and a Georgetown Languages board member, takes a practical approach to the task of translating nonfiction from Arabic to English. Using Optimality Theory from linguistics, he provides a new way, based in linguistics, of looking at best practices for translation with the goal to find the most accurate translation. He aims to approach translation more scientifically (identify the problem, test hypotheses, selecting the best option and finding patterns) than those who use the more widely known literary translation theory. Although there are several books out on this topic, none address it as Mughazy has. This is a unique approach that offers a new, more practical way for those with advanced knowledge of Arabic to learn how to translate. As more schools begin or consider beginning translation programs, this book may find a larger audience over the years. Mughazy's book is rich with authentic examples, exercises (answer key included), and includes very valuable appendices for the learner. As Clara told me, "This is a book I wish I had had in grad school."
Baker Berry PJ6403 .M84 2016

Maryam : keeper of stories
Ṣubḥ, ʻAlawīyah, author
London : Seagull Books, 2016
Baker Berry PJ7962.U22 M3713 2016

The Arabian nights : an anthology
with an introduction by Wen-chin Ouyang ; selection and arrangement by Wen-chin Ouyang and Paulo Lemos Horta
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
A collection of tales told by Scheherazade to amuse the cruel sultan and stop him from executing her as he had his other daily wives.
Baker Berry PJ7716.A1 A73 2014

Diary of a child called Souad
Saʻdāwī, Nawāl, author
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Introduction: why is Nawal El Saadawi banned? -- Author's introduction -- Diary of a child called Souad -- Biographical facts -- Interview with Dr. Nawal El Saadawi.

The author's earliest surviving piece of creative writing, written as an elementary school assignment.
Baker Berry PJ7862.A3 M8313 2016

The book of Khartoum : a city in short fiction
edited by Raph Cormack & Max Shmookler
United Kingdom Comma Press, 2016
This is a unique anthology of ten contemporary stories set in Khartoum, set against the backdrop of one of the Africa's most vibrant quickly evolving cities. It taps into current global media interest in Sudanese politics.
Baker Berry PJ7694.E8 B5513 2016

Cuentos medievales : de Oriente a Occidente : Calilia e Dimna : Sendebar libro de los engaños de las mujeres : Siete sabios de Roma
edición de María Jesús Lacarra
Madrid : Fundación Jose Antonio de Castro, 2016
Baker Berry PJ487 .C84 2016

Describing the past
Zaqṭān, Ghassān, author
London : Seagull Books, 2016
Baker Berry PJ7876.A6565 W3813 2016

Diḳduḳ ha-peh ṿe-ha-ʼozen
Ornan, Uzzi, author
Yerushalayim : Hotsaʼat sefarim ʻa. sh. Y.L. Maʼgnes, ha-ʼuniversiṭah ha-ʻivrit, [776 = 2016]
Baker Berry PJ4567.3 .O76 2016

Forbidden love in St. Petersburg : a thriller
Ben-Daṿid, Mishḳah, 1952- author
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2016
Yogev Ben-Ari has been sent to St. Petersburg by the Mossad, ostensibly to network and set up business connections. His life is solitary, ordered, and lonely -- until he meets Anna. Neither is quite what they seem to be, but while her identity may be mysterious, there is no doubt about the love they feel for each other.
Baker Berry PJ5054.B41455 D8413 2016

Gorgias concise Syriac-English, English-Syriac dictionary
Brock, Sebastian P
Piscataway, NJ : Gorgias Press, [2015]
Baker Berry PJ5491 .B76 2015

The anthologist's art : Abu Mansur al-Tha'alibi and his Yatimat al-dahr
Urfahʹlī, Bilāl, author
Leiden ; Brill, 2016
The Art of Anthology in Premodern Arabic Literature -- Life and Legacy of Thaʻalibi -- An Anthologist at Work: The Organization and Structure of the Yatima and Tatimma -- The Sources ofTha'alibi in Yatimat al-Dahr and Tatimmat al-Yatima -- Material within the Entry -- Conclusion.
Baker Berry PJ7521 .T4555 2016

An anthology of Arabic literature : from the classical to the modern
selected and translated by Tarif Khalidi
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2016
Baker Berry PJ7694.E1 A684 2016

Mortal designs
Bassiouney, Reem, 1973- author
Cairo, Egypt ; The American University In Cairo Press, 2016
Baker Berry PJ7816.A768 M67 2016

Prayer after the death of God : a phenomenological study of Hebrew literature
Sagi, Abraham, author
Brighton, MA : Academic Studies Press, 2016
Introduction -- Chapter 1: Prayer and Hebrew Literature -- Chapter 2: “The Death of God” and the Possibility of Prayer -- Chapter 3: Prayer as a Primary Datum -- Chapter 4: Between Self-Reflection and Ontological Event -- Chapter 5: Grappling with the Addressee Problem -- Chapter 6: Reconstructing the “Death of God” Moment -- Chapter 7: Humans as Praying Beings: A Phenomenological Profile -- Bibliography -- Index

"The widespread view is that prayer is the center of religious existence and that understanding the meaning of prayer requires that we assume God is its sole destination. This book challenges this assumption and, through a phenomenological analysis of the meaning of prayer in modern Hebrew literature, shows that prayer does not depend at all on the addressee—humans are praying beings. Prayer is, above all, the recognition that we are free to transcend the facts of our life and an expression of the hope that we can override the weight of our past and present circumstances."--Back cover.
Baker Berry PJ5024 .S2413 2016

Prophets, gods and kings in Sīrat Sayf ibn Dhī Yazan : an intertextual reading of an Egyptian popular epic
Blatherwick, Helen, author
Leiden ; Brill, [2016]
Baker Berry PJ7760.S53 B53 2016

The writer as exile : Israel Joshua Singer
Novak, Estelle Gershgoren, author
New York : AMS Press, Inc., [2015]
Baker Berry PJ5129.S5 Z794 2015

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