Kalima, one of the most significant cultural initiatives to come out of the Arab world in years, launched today and announced a much-anticipated list of 100 books, selected as candidates for translation into Arabic. Kalima (“word” in Arabic), funds the translation, publication and distribution of high-quality works of classic and contemporary writing from other languages into Arabic.
“The rest of the world enjoys a wealth of domestic and translated writing, why should the Arab world be any different?” asked Karim Nagy, Founder and Chief Executive of Kalima. “Today Kalima is bringing Arabic readers all over the world quality writing in their mother tongue – something they have been deprived of for so long. Kalima has taken the first steps on the long path toward rebuilding the Arab library.”
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