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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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What a Friend Wrote to Me


Mas’ud the Galilean remembered what a friend wrote to him one day. The friend wrote that he heard a woman telling him a story painfully and with tears that had already long ago dried up. Although she had become very old, her fear of what had happened had not been erased with age.

That day the friend wrote what the grandmother had told him of her story, her crisis, which she had lived moment by moment and had seen firsthand and, above all, had kept as a fear complex within her. The woman narrated,

“When the soldiers came from the seaside, they entered the village from the West. Many of its inhabitants had already fled to the East and North, running away in fear from what might happen. My father and older brother were among them, while I carried my youngest brother and hid him in my lap and sat still in our small clay room. One day, our donkey had moved into it; it had a small window, which allowed in and out a stream of air and overlooked the road. I could see many things that happened in the road without anyone being able to see me. And so I was sure that nobody would see us, my brother and me. ← 53 | 54 →

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