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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 Subject and the Predicate


That happened a long time ago after a wailing wind had surprised the village, destroying most of its crops and cattle. Then, Al-Kherbeh Ash-Shamaleyyeh (the northern remnant) was still a land held in common visited by people of my village to spend their Sundays, or “the Christian’s Sunday,” as they used to call it.

The students were very happy upon hearing Mr. Khaled, the teacher, speaking. They struck the floor with their feet, beat the desks with their hands, and chanted, “Long live the teacher!”

The children were pleased and the teacher was not disturbed. On the contrary, he regarded their behavior as an ordinary burst of pleasure and so, when they happily returned to the course of things, he said, “Today we learned in Arabic class about the subject and the predicate. My suggestion is that we complete our lesson in the northern remnant. The day is sunny and the weather is beautiful, refreshing, and tolerable. We will spend the day at Al-Kherbeh near the spring.”

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