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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 Scorpion

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In the wake of what he had seen, Ali An-Nees was dumbfounded. He saw a yellow scorpion, which had chosen a comfortable spot on his bed sheet, having crept into Ali’s room completely unnoticed. Upon seeing it, Ali shouted frightfully, “My God! Its poison is deadly!”

Not knowing how, he suddenly remembered his mother who had passed away a long time before. It was her habit to tell stories full of morals and wise sayings to teach anyone who would lend her an ear. She used to tell him, “Listen, my boy! Our world has become like a dark forest full of beasts. They make me worry about you, especially now that you are all grown up! I fear the scorpions of the world, which may sting you before you acquire expertise in life, or learn the fine arts of self-defense.”

She often used to say, “My son! In the place of the serpent you may lay a carpet and sleep, but never come close to the scorpion’s lair!”

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