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Event 59 Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

More than 100 years have passed since the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement set in motion the division of the Arab World by European powers. What does history teach us about the problems facing the region today? And has global media helped or hindered the search for stability?

Thomas Fletcher is the former UK Ambassador to Lebanon and author of The Naked Diplomat, an exploration of the impact of technology on international relations.

Eugene Rogan is the director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford, and author of The Arabs: A History, recently updated to explore the violence that followed the 2011 uprisings.

Dima Wannous is a Syrian novelist, journalist and translator; her latest book, The Frightened, explores the depths of fear in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Najwa Yassir.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

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Event 24 Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time writer. With the freedom to write, he has produced some of his best work, including the IPAF-shortlisted Time of White Horses, Lanterns of the King of Galilee and Kilimanjaro Spirit – the last inspired by his journey with volunteers and disabled Palestinian children to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In this conversation he will talk about his writing, the challenges he faced growing up and his shift from telling the story of 250 years of recent Palestinian history to his surprise move into futuristic dystopian fiction in Dog War II.

Ibrahim will be in conversation with Ibrahim Ustadi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

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Event 25 Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Celebrated Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, twice shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed writing and his love for his home city, Aleppo. His novels No Knives in the Kitchens of this City and In Praise of Hatred – both also published in English to widespread praise – portray the life of the city and its people over the period of history from the First World War to 2003 – a time of great social and cultural change.

Make sure to catch this important conversation for an author’s insight into the real Aleppo.

Khaled will be in conversation with Eman Al Yousuf.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

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Event 90 Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microfinance innovator Muhammad Yunus has a vision of a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest. In his new book A World of Three Zeros he describes a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net emissions – and introduces the innovative social businesses who are changing their practices to make this possible.

Will it work? Learn more here!

Muhammad will be in conversation with Richard Dean.

Language: English

Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes

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Event 42 Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do?

Two inspiring young diplomats who came of age in the digital era speak frankly about the state of international relations and how to make sure that technology is used responsibly by those with power.

Thomas Fletcher served as British Ambassador to Lebanon from 2011-2015 and is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at NYUAD. He is the author of The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age.

Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to France and a leading thinker on moderate Islam and the future of the Arab World. His book Letters to a Young Muslim was published in 2017 to international acclaim.

This panel is moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English with Arabic translation. 
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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Event 28 Eugene Rogan: The Fall of the Ottomans

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Eugene Rogan
One century on, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life in The Fall of the Ottomans. A history of how the defeat of the Ottoman Empire affected Arabs, Turks and Europeans alike, it has just been translated into Arabic – importantly, as the events of the early 20th century continue to reverberate in the region.

Dr Rogan is one of the world’s most respected scholars of Middle Eastern history and here he shares a sweeping narrative of battles and political intrigue from Gallipoli to Arabia – not to be missed!

Eugene will be in conversation with Rehan Khan.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Eugene Rogan: The Fall of the Ottomans

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Event 68 Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Youssef Rakha
Youssef Rakha writes about Cairo, its people and culture in a unique voice that combines humour, poetry and historical insight.

In The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Mustafa Corbac goes on a journey to find himself and discovers the Ottoman Sultan’s seal on Cairo’s streets; while the novels The Crocodile and Paulo look at the events in Tahrir Square and the culture surrounding the protests.

Youssef is a novelist, poet and literary critic, and his books have been translated to English and many other languages. The Book of The Sultan’s Seal won 2015 Banipal translation prize, and Paulo was longlisted for IPAF 2017.

Youssef will be in conversation with Hani Yakan.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo

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Event 56 Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The British Empire is much mythologised but poorly understood, and its role in Indian history is frequently at the heart of this confusion.

Here to revisit this contested era of history is Shashi Tharoor, outspoken politician and equally outspoken author, whose viral talk on British looting in India led him to write Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, a thoroughly researched history of British Imperial misrule.

Tharoor will be in conversation with William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals, The Last Mughal, and new book Kohinoor.

Language: English

Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire

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Event 113 International Women's Day: Press for Progress

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we have gathered a panel of top writers to discuss the global movement for gender equality.

Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi is a Saudi historian and outspoken advocate for women’s rights; her most recent book looks at the prominent role women played in the Nabatean civilisation.

Kamila Shamsie is an award-winning novelist whose Home Fire was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. She is in the fourth generation of women writers in her family.

Dr Rafia Ghubash is a trailblazer in UAE society: President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology and today, Founder of The Women’s Museum in Dubai and author of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Emirati Women.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the acclaimed memoir Wild, and is a champion of female empowerment through mentoring and advocacy.

This panel is moderated by Jenni Murray.

Language: English with Arabic translation

International Women's Day: Press for Progress

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Event 78 Kate Adie: Women and War

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Adie
Women kept the war machine running during World War One, and lives were changed forever. Are the repercussions still being felt 100 years on? Award-winning journalist Kate Adie has written about women and warfare in her highly acclaimed books Corsets to Camouflage and Fighting on the Home Front, and has extensive experience reporting from war zones around the world – including Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and the first Gulf War. Come along and share in unique insights into the vivid history of ordinary women and their extraordinary deeds in conflict, and the often unsung achievements of women in the armed services today.

Kate will be in conversation with Eithne Treanor.

Language: English

Kate Adie: Women and War

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Event 92 Andrew Morton: Diana and Wallis, Royal Mavericks

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Morton
In 1992, Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story shocked the British public and establishment alike. More than 25 years on, the revised edition of the book continues to create headlines.

Morton’s new book, Wallis in Love, looks at an earlier ‘scandalous’ royal – the well-connected social climber Wallis Simpson, who upended the British monarchy when Edward VIII abdicated so they could marry.

An expert on the history of the House of Windsor and the tangled lives of the British royals, Andrew sheds light on these two influential women – and reflects on how times have changed for women marrying into royalty as he writes his next book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.

Andrew will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Andrew Morton: Diana and Wallis, Royal Mavericks

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Event 85 Souad Mekhennet: I Was Told to Come Alone

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Souad Mekhennet, recipient of the 2017 Chicago Journalists Association Daniel Pearl Award, is one of the most important investigative journalists working today, and unquestionably one of the bravest. Her memoir I Was Told to Come Alone – longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and soon to be adapted as a TV series – follows her journey from her home country of Germany, across the Middle East and North Africa in search of extremists, and back to Europe where she uncovered the identity of ‘Jihadi John’, the ISIS executioner whose English accent made him a symbol of radicalisation among young westerners.

Hear first-hand about her quest to get into the minds of young jihadis, in the hope of understanding what leads them to violence.

Souad will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Souad Mekhennet: I Was Told to Come Alone

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Event 101 Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Chetan Bhagat
The biggest selling English-language author in India’s history, Chetan Bhagat’s novels and non-fiction alike provoke discussion on a wide range of social problems while entertaining millions of readers.

His seventh novel One Indian Girl explores the demands placed on young women caught between family, career and love, while the advice collected in Make India Awesome offers solutions to issues from religious fundamentalism to discrimination against women.

In his only appearance at the Festival, make sure not to miss Bhagat’s take on life in India today.

Chetan will be in conversation with Meredith Chipperton.

Language: English

Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

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Event 117 Expat, Migrant, Refugee: Chaker Khazaal, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Living abroad can be a second chance – but not everyone moves by choice. Three young artists who have experienced displacement first-hand discuss how their music, poetry and novel-writing have become powerful platforms for refugee advocacy.

Chaker Khazaal grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon before immigrating to Canada. The author of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy and Tale of Tala, he also manages a programme that offers refugees and migrants contractual remote employment.

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud was born in war-torn Darfur and has moved on to become a Yale scholar. A World Poetry Slam champion, she is also a High Profile Supporter and advocate for UNHCR.

Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist now resident in the US. She uses her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.

This panel is moderated by Hazem Ibrahim.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Expat, Migrant, Refugee: Chaker Khazaal, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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Event 125 Writing Exile: Maha Hassan & Muhsin Al-Ramli

Friday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Sometimes fiction mirrors life, as in the case of these two authors who live far from their countries but whose writing looks back home. They are part of a new wave of Arabic novelists who write about living in exile, an experience that is far more common than it should be thanks to years of war.

Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi author and translator living in Spain. His novel The President’s Gardens looks at how events in Iraq between 1959 and 2003 shaped people’s lives.

Maha Hassan is a Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist currently living in France. Her novel Good Morning War depicts the fate of a family divided by war.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Writing Exile: Maha Hassan & Muhsin Al-Ramli

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Event 105 Hiding from History: Souad Mekhennet & Andrew Morton

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

What happens when nations try to bury past evils? Even as Germany entered an ongoing period of self-examination about the crimes of the Nazis, Allied governments and armed forces chose to look away. Two authors who have explored this strange twist of history discuss the ongoing consequences.

Souad Mekhennet made her name getting inside the heads of jihadis, but she is also the co-author of The Eternal Nazi, an account of the hunt for Aribert Heim, a war criminal who escaped justice for a new life in hiding in Cairo.

In his book 17 Carnations, Andrew Morton explores the questionable allegiances of Edward VIII, the abdicated monarch whose open admiration for Hitler and the Nazis was covered up by the British government.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Hiding from History: Souad Mekhennet & Andrew Morton

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Event 114 Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Maha Hassan
Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist Maha Hassan is a powerful storyteller with a deep understanding of the pains inflicted by war.

Her latest book, Good Morning War, depicts a family divided by war and the fates of those who leave and those who stay: the mother who prefers to die in her own home, the brother who was rejected as a refugee, the sister who lives in Paris but has to check every morning she is not really still in Damascus, and all the people forced to leave their country behind.

Maha will be in conversation with Hazem Ibrahim.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

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Event 112 Andrey Kurkov: The Bickford Fuse

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Andrey Kurkov
In the modern masterpiece, Death and the Penguin, Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov explored the woes of Ukraine through the mournful eyes of Misha, a lonely penguin saved from Kiev zoo by well-meaning writer Viktor. He returns with The Bickford Fuse, a powerful satire of Soviet Russia, written in the final days of Communism and recently translated into English. Following a disparate collection of wanderers – one bearing an explosive gift – it blends real events with allegory and fable and has been compared to the works of Bulgakov, Vonnegut and Heller.

Kurkov is one of the finest writers on the post-Soviet world – this is a rare chance to hear him speak about his craft.

Andrey will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Andrey Kurkov: The Bickford Fuse

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Event 119 Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Arun Gandhi
‘Anger is just like electricity…’

70 years on from the death of Mahatma Gandhi, his grandson Arun joins us to share personal stories about his beloved ‘Bapuji’, revealing a rare insight into the man behind the icon. In The Gift of Anger Arun Gandhi shares ten lessons from his grandfather, learned during the two years he lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s Sevagram ashram.

A major advocate of nonviolence, Arun learned from his grandfather to harness his anger to bring about good. In this session he discusses how to find the energy to fight for justice and how to use anger to motivate and organise while staying true to the principle of nonviolence.

Arun will be in conversation with Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

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Event 80 How to Do Good: Muna Al Gurg, Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How to Do Good is a book of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities and philanthropists who are driving positive change.

We are joined by four supporters of the movement for a session of inspirational performance and discussion. The session will be introduced by project founder, Leonard Stall, who has kindly donated a copy of the book to every ticket buyer at the session.

Muna Al Gurg is a businesswoman and philanthropist. She is chairwoman of Young Arab Leaders UAE, a board member of the Al Gurg Foundation and a founding board member of Hub Dubai and Endeavour UAE.

Frédéric Kanouté is a former professional footballer who runs his own foundation tackling poverty in Africa and Asia.

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud is the World Poetry Slam Champion and UNHCR High Profile Supporter, who uses her talent to raise awareness of the violence in Darfur and the wider refugee cause.

Mariela Shaker is a violinist and White House Champion of Change who uses her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.

Moderated by award-winning television and radio broadcaster, journalist, and author of Lessons from the Top Gavin Elser.

Language: English with Arabic translation

How to Do Good: Muna Al Gurg, Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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