Release Party for Winter 2020 ArabLit Quarterly: Dreams


The fully packed Winter 2020 issue of ArabLit Quarterly is available today at Gumroad and Exact Editions, and print editions are available via Amazon (US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, and elsewhere):

By M Lynx Qualey

“One of the trickiest, most mysterious secrets of the Arabic language is the root h-l-m.”

Thus write Suneela Mubayi and Rana Issa in this issue, in an essay where they do a séance to reach the ghost of the author Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq. The words حلم and dream both emerge from a murky past, they say. Both have an uncertain history, false friends, and no clear origin.

Such is the wondrous nature of dreams: that they have origins we cannot clearly trace. This issue delights in dreams in all their wild murky turns. We feature the sort of visions that one sees while asleep…

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