The new book The Other Middle East: An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature (Yale University Press, 2018) offer readers a nuanced understanding of the mosaic that is the contemporary Middle East. The anthology, compiled by Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh who introduces and annotates each selection, offers a window on the contemporary Levant, a region comprising most of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, parts of southern Turkey and northwestern Iraq, and the Sinai Peninsula. Originally written in Arabic, French, Aramaic, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Hebrew, the selections in this book reflect a diversity of cultures, faiths, traditions, and languages and a wide range of ideas and perspectives. Salameh is the author of the books Charles Corm: An Intellectual biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician” and Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East; The Case for Lebanon, among other works.
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