Leyla und Majnun

Qassim Haddad (Bahrain)

Fri, Apr 18, 2008
6 pm
Admission: 5 Euros, concessions 3 Euros | "3-events-ticket" for 3 readings of your choice 12 Euros, conc. 8 Euros |
Within the framework of AVATAR. ASIA’s NARRATORS. A literature festival about the migration of Asian epics, curated by Ilija Trojanow.

In Arabic and German

Qassim Haddad, © Promo

Followed by a discussion with Barbara Winckler, Arabist FU Berlin

An old love epic – new fronts: Qassim Haddad’s critical appraisal one of the classics of Arabic literature and its traditional conceptions of a pure, idealised love is quite provocative. Last year, his adaptation of Leila and Majnun triggered enraged responses in Bahrain: extremist circles demanded that it be banned, intellectuals in the Arab world protested against such moral interference. Haddad says: ‘I do not recognise any authorities. I have a deep love of language’. Haddad, the founder of the extensive web portal for Arabic literature www.jehat.com , is a central figure in contemporary Arabic literature. He will talk about ways of dealing with classical material and about his relationship to artistic freedom.