Bilal Orfali

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Bilal Orfali is the Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut and a Visiting Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi. Holding a Ph.D. from Yale University, Orfali specializes in Arabic literature, Sufism, and Qurʾānic Studies. He co-edits al-Abhath Journal, al-Markaz: Majallat al-dirāsāt al-ʿArabiyya, Brill’s book series Texts and Studies on the Qur’an, and Handbooks on Islamic Mysticism. He is Associate Editor for Journal of Arabic Literature, member of the editorial board of the Library of Arabic Literature at NYUAD, member of the scientific committee for the Abu Dhabi Center of Arabic Language and serves on the advisory boards of many international Journals and academic projects in the Middle East, Europe, USA, and beyond.

Orfali is the author and editor of more than 20 books on Arabic Studies. His recent publications include: Radiant Lights, The Maqāmāt of Badīʿ al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī: Authorship, Texts and Contexts, Mysticism and Ethics in Islam, Approaches to the Study of Pre-modern Arabic Anthologies, Light Upon Light, Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond, The Anthologist's Art, The Book of Noble Character, The Comfort of the Mystics, Sufism, Black and White and In the Shadow of Arabic.
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Jalal Barjas: The Dukduk's Whimper - A Closer Look Into the Bookshelves of Jalal Barjas

Jalal Barjas: The Dukduk's Whimper - A Closer Look Into the Bookshelves of Jalal Barjas

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 19:00-20:00Venue: Al Riwaq III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: ArabicSession No: 212 
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Jalal Bargas, winner of the 2021 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, returns... Read More
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On Politics & Longing: Inaam Kachachi & Yasmina Khadra

On Politics & Longing: Inaam Kachachi & Yasmina Khadra

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 13:45-14:45Venue: Al Amwaj II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: Arabic
Simultaneous Translation: Arabic to EnglishSession No: 47 
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From their second homeland, Arab immigrants write about their first, recounting ... Read More
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Past, Present & Future of Islam: Marina Mahathir, HE Omar Saif Ghobash & Reza Aslan

Past, Present & Future of Islam: Marina Mahathir, HE Omar Saif Ghobash & Reza Aslan

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 10:00-11:00Venue: Al Baraha III, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 151 
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Tareq Imam: The Madman's Dictionary

Tareq Imam: The Madman's Dictionary

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 18:15-19:15Venue: Al Amwaj II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: ArabicSession No: 148 
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What Do We Want from Poets?: Jassim Al Saheeh, Nouri Al Jarrah, Qasim Saudi, Rawda Al Haj & Sara Elzein
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What Do We Want from Poets?: Jassim Al Saheeh, Nouri Al Jarrah, Qasim Saudi, Rawda Al Haj & Sara Elzein

Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 18:30-19:30Venue: 4th Floor Conference Room 10, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Al Jaddaf - Dubai
Language: ArabicSession No: 146 
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There is a great power that poets hold; a type of magic they never reveal. But w... Read More
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Women Against the World: Bonnie Garmus, Geetanjali Shree & Reem Al Kamali

Women Against the World: Bonnie Garmus, Geetanjali Shree & Reem Al Kamali

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 19:00-20:00Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: Multilanguage
Simultaneous Translation: English to Arabic, Arabic to EnglishSession No: 147 
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We live in a world where women must rise to endless challenges in order to maint... Read More
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