Abdel Jabbar Adwan
Abdel Jabbar Adwan is a Palestinian-born British writer and novelist based in Spain. Prior to the publication of his first novel in 2006, Abdel Jabbar Adwan was a columnist for Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper in Arabic and in English for the Lebanese Daily Star. . He also served as Middle East advisor to several European television stations. During the first Intifada, Adwan published three non-fiction books: The Lamb's Fangs, the Martyrs and the Price of Independence. These books were printed in London, Egypt and Palestine. His second novel, Politics in Paradise, was banned in some Arab countries. Dar Al-Farabi nominated it for the Arabic Booker Prize. The novel Rawi Cordoba won tenth place in the first year of the Arabic Booker prize.
Novels[edit | edit source]
Abdel Jabbar Adwan's Arab novels share basic themes and topics despite the diversity of titles and historical backgrounds. A reader of all eight novels will note that they deal with preconceived ideas, based on inherited discordant historical, religious or political perceptions. For example, Arab and Islamic memory is full of romantic ideals regarding Al Andalus, despite the bitter reality, from the entry of Islamic forces, whether during the interaction with local peoples during the push, with the people of Morocco, or the rivalry and infighting of the Islamic forces themselves in Al Andalus which led to the Spanish restoration after eight centuries. In the novel, Rawi Córdoba, positive and negative facts appear in a narration based on original sources, diaries and memoirs written at the time; reality rather than pure romance. 
This readjustment in historical perception is also a feature of Adwan's third novel, Fitna al-Korsi, which highlights fundamental issues overlooked by the Arab-Islamic memory to the point of calls for a return to an era in which half of the Muslim armies annihilated each other, only thirty years after the death of the Prophet, as a result of political differences among three assassinated rulers from among the Companions of the Prophet, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, Osman Ibn Affan, and Ibn Ali Talib, and when the system of government was changed from Shura to inherited rulership, and prophetic traditions were modified according to political need.
The second novel, Politics in Paradise, also deals with preconceived ideas, in this case about paradise, but in a narrative that presupposes the ability of the occupants of Paradise, who occupy differing levels, to envisage what is going on down on earth. Earthly differences continue to occupy them, with the female residents demanding equality with males in all areas.
The Owl of Barbara is an autobiographic account of life in the villages of southern Palestine, of social situations and political conflicts before and after the Nakba, and of the vision of the inhabitants of this coastal village of the world around them during the British Mandate shorn of the romance added by generations after the Nakba, with events in Barbara village, to which the author belongs, as the backdrop.
The trilogy, On The Edge of Light, is based on the latest studies and translations of ancient languages and archaeological discoveries to illustrate how religions evolved tens of thousands of years ago as a social need, and illustrating the progressive organization of the foundation of different societies, and the incorporation of prior religious belief which contributed to the creation of Judaism and then Christianity and the conflicts that accompanied their emergence. The first part of the novel traces the way people emerged from the caves and the rise of civilizations. The second part illustrates the story of the writing and development of the Jewish religion, while the third part relates to the establishment of the Christian religion, all within a coherent, informative narrative.
The novel, 2017: Prisoners of Time. as in other novels, follows the migration of human beings and the resultant conflicts throughout history. This novel varies in location, including Palestine, but the action is confined to 2017 and events occurring world-wide with input from immigration, psychology, genetic science, dialogue, political studies, university campuses, secret service activities and human rights organisations.
The book A Strong People reflects the author's vision and experiences during the first Palestinian uprising, the beginnings of the Oslo Accord and the Iraq War. The second part of the book contains a collection of articles published by the author at those times.
References[edit | edit source]
- Daily Star, Lebanon 17/04/2003, Military Occupations are Ugly
- "All 4 Palestine - Model Role Details". www.all4palestine.com.
- ArabLit.org issue 25.01.2018
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