Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

CMES Publications Program

LIterary Translation


Since 1976, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, in close cooperation with the University of Texas Press, has published approximately ninety books in its five series. These scholarly works and literary translations on subjects concerning the Middle East have reached audiences worldwide and are often used in classrooms. All works are chosen under a rigorous review process conducted by the Center's Publications Editorial Board, and marketed and distributed by the University of Texas Press. 

Currently, the Center publishes approximately four works of literature in translation a year through its two distinguished series: Modern Middle Eastern Literatures in Translation and Emerging Voices in the Middle East. Books from these series have been the recipients of prestigious awards, including the Banipal Prize and the Best Translated Book Award as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Emerging Voices from the Middle East

This series showcases cutting edge literature translated from Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew accomplished literary translators. 

Using Life Limbo Beirut A Bit of Air I Want to Get Married
Using Life (2017)
by Ahmed Naji and Ayman Al Zorkany
Translated by Ben Koerber 
Limbo Beirut (2016)
by Hilal Chouman
Translated by Anna Zjalka Stanton 
A Bit of Air (2012)
by Walid Taher
Translated by Anita Husen
I Want to Get Married! (2010)
By Ghada Abdel Aal
Translated by Nora Eltahawy


Modern Middle Eastern Literatures in Translation

The translations published in this series are from Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish novels, short stories, poetry, and memoirs written in the last century.

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Twenty Girls to Envy Me (2016)
By Orit Gidali
Translated by Marcela Sulak

A Portal in Space (2016)
By Mahmoud Saeed
Translated by William M. Hutchins

The Scarecrow (2015)
By Ibrahim al-Koni
Translated by William M. Hutchins

What Makes a Man? Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep cover New Waw, Saharan Oasis cover

What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin (2015)
Rashid al-Daif and Joachim Helfer
Translated by Ken Seigneurie and Gary Schmidt

Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep? (2014)
by Rashid al-Daif
Translated by Paula Haydar and Nadine Sinno

New Waw, Saharan Oasis (2013)
By Ibrahim al-Koni

A Bit of Air A Bit of Air Al Koni

Moon and Henna Tree (2013)
By Ahmed Toufiq

The Neighbors (2013)
By Ahmad Mahmoud
Translated by Nastaran Kherad

The Puppet (2010)
By Ibrahim al-Koni
Translated by William M. Hutchins

Year of the Elephant (2nd ed) Talk of Darkness Fortune Told in Blood

Year of the Elephant
(revised edition—2009)
By Leila Abouzeid
Translated by Barbara Parmenter
Introduction by Barbara Harlow

Talk of Darkness (2008)
by Fatna El Bouih
Translated by Mustapha Kamal and Susan Slyomovics

Fortune Told in Blood (2008)
By Davud Ghaddarzadegan
Translated by M.R. Ghanoonparvar

I've Learned Some Things by Ataol Behramoğlu                                  
Translated by Walter G. Andrews (2008)

Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London, 
by Haifa Zangana

Translated by Judy Cumberbatch (2007)

Orpheus, by Nazlı Eray

Translated by Robert Finn
Introduction by Sibel Erol (2006)

The Director and Other Stories from Morocco, by Leila Abouzeid

Translated by the author
Introduction by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (2005)

Folktales from Syria, 
Collected by Samir Tahhan 

Translated and with an introduction by Andrea Rugh (2004)

Whatever Happened to Antara? and Other Stories, 
by Walid Ikhlassi 

Translated by Asmahan Sallah and Chris Ellery

Introduction by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (2004)

Books in this series (including titles not listed here) may be purchased through the UT Press Sales Web Site.  Information about out of print books is available through The University of Texas Press.

Trailer for Using Life by Ahmed Naji and Ayman Al Zorkany (Translated by Ben Koerber)

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Dena Afrasiabi
Publications Editor
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