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IQRAA | ARABIC BOOK GROUP | 26 JULY | 7.30 – 9.30PM
Iqraa is an Arabic book group that meets once a month at The Pavilion, to discuss stimulating and exciting novels from various Arab authors. The month of July invites you to read Istasia by Khairy Shalaby.
Istasia is a Coptic widow living in the Egyptian Delta, who becomes a local legend when she dedicates her life to revenging the death her son through prayer. Assistance comes in the unlikely form of the son of the village’s leading Muslim family, notorious for their ruthlessness and cruelty, a lawyer who decides to investigate the case and bring Istasia’s son’s unknown murderers to justice. The moral of the story is that not every Muslim is good or Christian evil and that, no matter the religion, God will answer the prayers of anyone who has been wronged.
Khairy Shalaby is an Egyptian novelist who won the State Prize for Literature in 2005. He has authored over seventy books, from novels to short stories, plays and essays. Among the most well-known are The Lodging House, The Poppy and The Desert of the Mamluks. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Urdu.