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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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Will They Start Talking?

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It was the habit of Mas’ud the Galilean to sit for a long time musing and thinking of the shadow of an olive growing at the edge of what remained of their piece of land. He looked at his beloved tree, especially at the crack where a wild flower, an oxlip, had hidden itself, hoping that drops of rain would fall or the drops of dew would come one day, go through the crack, water the oxlip, and then the flower would blossom anew the next March.

Mas’ud the Galilean unearthed the pockets of his memory and he found his eyes trying to read what a Hebraic poet wrote:

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