In celebration of Mahmoud Darwish


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Dear friends of freedom of thought,

the next Ibn Rushd Lecture is a special one, complemented by recital and music, and rounded off with a small reception, all in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of Mahmoud Darwish, the national poet of Palestine beloved by all Arabs.

Maybe the Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye best encompassed why he was so special to so many – Darwish, she wrote “is the essential breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging….”.

Hassan Khader, a writer, literary critic and longtime close friend of Mahmoud Darwish, will explore – in English – the formative experience in Mahmoud Darwish’ life, and how it shaped his poetry, some prominent examples of which he will recite – in Arabic, of course.

Alaa Zaitouneh and Nabil Arabainon on oud with Ahmad Niou on percussion contribute music to which they have been inspired by Darwish’ poetry. 

As always, questions, remarks, praise may be made and discussions conducted in all languages present among the audience and ourselves, but this time during the reception following the lecture-recital-concert.

November 13, 2018 at 19:00hrs

Helle Panke Veranstaltungsraum,  Kopenhagenerstrasse 9,  10437 Berlin (not office at #76!)

Save the date:

Dec.4  Diwan al-Falsafa in Arabic: Yemen – what would perspectives and chances be after the war

Dec.10   Ibn Rushd Lecture in German: Yemen – before the war and today; and how did the war change the situation of women? Panel talk with Dr Somaya Althawr und Dr Ali Al-Absi.

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