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Ibrahim Mālik

The Culture of Peace and Co-Existence – Translated by Jamal Assadi, with Assistance from Michael Hegeman and Michael Jacobs

Jamal Assadi

This selection of Ibrahim Mālik’s short stories and poetry brings together an illustrative compendium of his works, which propose a genuine portrait of the numerous predicaments, concerns, apprehensions, and coercions from which the Arab community inside Israel suffers. To a great extent, these difficulties are currently the lot of many ethnic groups and communities in the Middle East and many other parts of the world. General readers of this work will take pleasure in exploring a different culture, while specialists interested in Arabic literature will find new and bountiful grounds for academic study.
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The Bird in the Iron Cage


The truth is that I do not remember when and where I first read this story. Nevertheless, what I remember most is that it left me choking in tears for a long time. The narrative says:

“That bird was born, like most of the birds in his world, inside an iron cage, and as he grew his wings became cramped and atrophied and his chirping was distorted. When he imagined there was an exit to escape through, he found himself pushed outside to spend the rest of his life in a different cage, one he was forced into, not one he chose. This cage was hermetically sealed, and darker, and made his chirps sound even more unnatural.”

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