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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

Edited By 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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Ahmad Tries to Discipline Memory


One evening a long time ago Ahmad Al-Khattaf (the kidnapper) escorted his soul friend, Mas’ud Al-Jaleeli, to a small restaurant in Jaffa. It was the place where Ahmad used to eat his favorite dish, the only available item offered then: Al-Makhlutah, a mixture of boiled chickpeas and beans.

A friend of Ahmad, whom Ahmad had known by chance, initiated the establishment of that restaurant in a deserted small house consisting of one and a half rooms. When that friend entered the house, he had been looking for a warm corner to live in, but he liked the place and appreciated its placement. It was in the middle of the road between ‘Abdun-Nabie Mosque at the end of the northern road of Jaffa and the square near the Pillar Clock and its yard. It was also close to a famous bakery owned by a native Arab figure by the name of Abul-‘Afyah.

As Ahmad narrated to Mas’ud, that friend had come from the village of Arab Al-Kammaneh. He explained, “It is situated at the middle point between the two Galilees, the upper and lower, overlooking the Al-Kurum meadow known for its fertility and spaciousness. The villages of Nahef and Sajur were in the north. The Sallameh Wadi was in ← 16 | 17 → the southeast. The land of the oak connecting the three sisters, Sakhnin, Arrabeh and Deir Hanna, was in the south. The heights of what was once called Mi’ar and was more beautiful than...

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