BTS 71

Kulturelle Selbstbehauptung der Palästinenser. Survey der Modernen Palästinensischen Dichtung

Birgit Embaló, Angelika Neuwirth, Friederike Pannewick

2001. 549 pp. german text.

The present volume sheds some light on the historical development, the intellectual context and the conditions under which contemporary Palestinian poetry is and can be produced in Palestine and the Middle East as a whole. This survey presents 135 authors as well as their bibliographical data and includes critical reviews on their works. The variety of authors ranges from internationally rewarded poets up and poetic newcomers to avant-garde artists and intellectuals, poets who improvise within the framework of protests or political refugees. They all articulate through their poems the longing of Palestinians to regain their homeland and their hope for a Palestinian future. Since poems convey important aspects of a culture´s identity, this volume offers a better understanding of the Middle Eastern conflict in general through a literary lens.


Birgit Embaló wrote her M.A. on Palestinian Short Stories and her PhD thesis on the Image of Palestinians in Modern Arabic Novels, while she was working in the German Orient-Institute in Beirut (1996-2001). She also worked as Co-editor of the academic serial Literaturen im Kontext: Arabisch, Persisch, Türkisch. Since 2003 Birgit Embaló has been working in Guinea-Bissau as a professional of the German Evangelical Church Development Service at the National Institute for Research and Studies in Guinea-Bissau.


Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth studied Islamic and Semitic Studies and classical philology at the Universities of Berlin, Tehran, Göttingen, Jerusalem, and Munich. She is the director of the research project Corpus Coranicum. Between 1994 and 1999 she was the director of the German Institute of Oriental Studies in Beirut and Istanbul. She currently works as a professor at the FU Berlin and as a visiting professor at the Jordanian University in Amman. Her research focus is on Quran, its interpretations, and on modern Arabic literature in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially Palestinian poetry and prose related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick studied Arabic and Turkish Philology at the University of Bamberg, at Sorbonne and at the Institut National des Langues Orientales/ Paris and at the Theatre Academy in Damascus. From 2005 to 2007 she was Associate Professor for Arabic Studies at the University of Oslo. In 2007 she became professor for Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Marburg.

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