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Jesus Never called Himself God: American Scholar

Washington- In Bart Ehrman’s latest book, he examines how a Jewish preacher from Galilee became God and comes to the conclusion that without this claim, Western civilization as we know it today would be completely different. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an American New Testament scholar, has written more than 20 books, including fou ...

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Laila Abouzeid, A Moroccan Writer who loves her language

Goulmima, Morocco - Laila Abouzeid is the first female Moroccan author whose works are translated to English. Though an expatriate of her own country, she is one of the icons of Moroccan literature. As a woman who lived in post-colonial Morocco, Laila Abouzeid contributed to Moroccan independence by resisting French “intellectual colonialism” in a unique way. She was privileged to receive a BA in English st ...

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Moroccan Playwright Wins Tayeb Saleh’s 1st Literary Prize

Khartoum - Moroccan playwright Zakaria Abou Maria Abdelkrim won on Thursday Tayeb Saleh 1st literary prize (drama category) for his adaptation of the epic Tayeb Salah novel "Season of Migration to the North." In the novel category, the prize went to Syrian Taoufika Ali Habour and Egypt's Hassan Abdel-Rahman won the first short story prize. The jury, chaired by Moroccan critic Said Yaktine, had to choose bet ...

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The 20th Session of Casablanca International Book Fair Kicks Off

Rabat - The 20th Session of Casablanca International Book Fair is honoring the Economic Group of States of West Africa as the Guest of Honor among dozens of participating countries and publishing houses.  Over 70 Lebanese publishing houses are participating in the 20th session of the International Exhibition of Editing and the Book, which officially kicks off Thursday in Casablanca under the High Patronage ...

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Two Moroccan writers on short list of 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Amman - Two Moroccan novelists are on the short list of six finalists vying for the 2014 Booker Prize of the Arab novel, organizers announced Monday in Amman.  "Tayer Azraq Nader Youhalliq Mai" (A rare blue bird flies with me) by Youssef Fadel and "Taghribat al Abdi al Machhour bi Ould al Hamriyya" by Abderrahim Habibi, are the shortlisted novels, organizers said during a press conference in the presence of ...

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‘My book is your book’ this is how Moroccans do it

Rabat -"Reading is the practice of freedom, which we rarely walk away from without a scar; however everyone can experience this feeling that helps us grow. It sets us free from our mental prisons and opens our views towards the world," said Youssef Moutaoukil, student at the Ecole National de l’industrie Mineral (ENIM), Rabat.   Moroccans deepened the slot between them and knowledge. The Moroccan education ...

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Moroccan researcher Rachid Yazami awarded 2014 Charles Stark Draper prize

Washington - Moroccan researcher Rachid Yazami won, on Monday, the prestigious Charles Stark Draper prize for the year 2014 by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of Washington DC in recognition of his work in relation with the development of rechargeable lithium batteries 30 years ago. Yazami will share the prize with American John B. Goodenough, and Japanese Yoshio Nishi and Akira Yoshino. Worth 500 ...

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Adnan Farzat’s novel “The Ember of Spites”: A Prophecy for the Syrian Revolution

Rabat - Adnan Farazat is not only a brilliant writer and a journalist, but also an intellectual interested in the dialogue among civilizations. Adnan was born in Deir ez-Zor in Syria. But, due to his father’s working conditions, his family had to move from one city to the other in his beloved Syria. Little Adnan’s memories that are linked to these sites have become the main subject of his writings. In mid-e ...

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Enduring Lessons from Imam al-Ghazali

Monir Birouk- Agadir - Even today as we wade our way through the second decade of the twenty first century, there is still so much we can learn from the staggering account of Abou Hamid al-Ghazali's life (1056-1111). Unfortunately, those illuminating moments that might be of use to us seem, paradoxically enough, to be eclipsed by the deep and wide scholarship about his life and thought, but also by the dens ...

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World’s most expensive book sells for $14 mn

NEW YORK- The first book printed in what is today the United States sold for nearly $14.2 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, Sotheby's said, becoming the world's most expensive book. The translation of Biblical psalms "The Bay Psalm Book" was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 and was offered at a one-lot auction by Sotheby's.   ...

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Morocco’s Writers Union denounces ban in Algeria of language dictionary by Moroccan scholar

Rabat - Morocco's Writers Union (EMU) has denounced the Algerian authorities' ban at the International Book Fair of Algiers ( SILA ) of a language dictionary produced by Moroccan scholar and EMU member, Abdelghani Abu Lazm. The ban is a dangerous precedent" even "a scandal in the history of book fairs in the Arab world. For the first time, perhaps, a language dictionary, a scientific achievement of a renown ...

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A century of Camus, France’s unlikely literary giant

Paris- Albert Camus once said that those who write clearly have readers, while those who write obscurely have commentators. By his own maxim, he must have been doing something right because, 100 years after his birth and more than half a century since his untimely death, Camus is still picking up new readers across the globe. His best known novel, "L'Etranger," translated into English as either the "The Str ...

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