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Bilal Orfali

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 (NYUAD). He holds a PhD from Yale University and 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 the 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.

Bilal Orfali

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    Reem Al Kamali: Rose's Diaries

    Join us for the launch of the English translation of Rose’s Diary, the 2022 International Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel by acclaimed Emirati author Reem Al Kamali

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    Stories Untold: Historical Fiction from the Arab World

    Three of the Arab world’s most revered historical fiction novelists – Mona AlAli, Reem Bassiouney and Ibrahim Farghali – discuss the little-known moments from the past which inspired their latest books.

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    Chasing Purpose, Finding Joy: Ambition Reimagined

    Ashraf Fagih and Somar Shehadeh gather for a conversation about the pitfalls of ambition and the importance of finding joy and purpose in life.

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    The Good Old Days

    Writers Saud Al Sanousi, Najwa Barakat and Abdulaziz Almusallam reminisce about an era gone but hardly forgotten – the eighties and nineties.


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    Widening the Gulf

    Three prominent thought-leaders – Dubai Abulhoul, Khalifa Al Suwaidi and Dr Ammar Mohamed Shams – come together for an insightful conversation about the contemporary and pressing challenges confronting the UAE and wider gulf region.


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    Opening Gala: Imagine This

    Begin your festival with an extraordinary night of readings and performances from some of our most imaginative and stirring speakers. The 2024 First Chapter ELF Seddiqi Fellows will also be announced.

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