Arabic Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Nov 10 2012

Some people have asked about Arabic science fiction, so I’m starting a list of titles here. Please feel free to tell me of others…

  art: ‘Warrior’ by Matt Leines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical/Classical Selections:

  • A True Story: Parallel English and Greek by Lucien de Samosate, the Syrian, who was born in the 2nd century when eastern Turkey was part of Syria, and whose tale A True Story concerned a voyage to the Moon: he was therefore one of the early proto-SF authors.
  • The story “Jullanar” in 1001 Nights (which tells a mermaid tale – one of my personal favorites).
  • The Time Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets ( رحلات الطرشجي الحلوجي) by Egyptian Khairy Shalaby, translated to English by Michael Cooperson

Websites and Discussions:

2 responses so far

  1. Hi Melanie,

    Here is a list (below) of authors I’m working on (PhD in Arabic SF at Durham University, UK). I started out with Achmed Khammas’ 2006 Essay “The Almost Complete Lack of the Element of Futureness” available here http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/23/23713/1.html.

    I have most of them, but not all – some of them are pretty much impossible to get hold of! Though I think the Bibliotheca in Alexandria has a couple of the more elusive ones.

    Best Regards,
    Barbara

    Al-Hababi, Mohammad Aziz al-Habābī. Al-Iksīr Al-Ḥīāt. Casablanca: ʻUyūn al-maqālāt, 1988 or Cairo: Dār Al-Hilal, 1974

    Al-Ḥakim, Towfīq. Lū ᶜrif Ash-shabāb. Cairo: Dār Maṣr Lil-Ṭabāᶜa, no date.

    Al-Ibrahim, Taiba Ahmed. Al-Insān Al-Mutaᶜdad. 1992.

    Al-Sibāᶜi,Yūsuf. Leesto Waḥdak. Cairo: Dār Maṣr Lil-Ṭabāᶜa, 1970.

    Al-Quwayrī, Yūsuf. Min mofkirat Rajul lam yūlad. Benghazi: Dār Al-Rūwād, 1997.

    Al-ᶜshrī, Moḥammed. Khiyāl Sākhin. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2008.

    Al-ᶜshrī, Moḥammed. Tufāḥat Al-Ṣaḥrāᵓ. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2007.

    Al-ᶜshrī, Moḥammed. Ghādat Al-Asāṭīr. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2009.

    Fārūq, Nabil. Milāf Al-Mustaqbal series

    Faqih, Ashraf Iḥsān. Nayīf wa ᶜshrūn ḥīāt. Beirut and London: Dār Al-Ḥarf Al-ᶜrabī, 2006.

    Faqih, Ashraf Iḥsān. Ṣāᵓd Al-Ashbāḥ. Riyadh: 1997.

    Faqih, Ashraf Iḥsān. Ḥanīnan Ila Al-Nijūm. Riyadh: 2000.

    Idrīs, Yūsuf. Al-Jins al-Thālath. Cairo: Nahḍet Miṣr, 1971 .

    ᶜnāyat, Rājī. Al-Ashbaḥ al-Mushāghiba. 1995.

    Mūsa, Ṣabrī. As-Sayīd min al-hoql al-asfānkh.

    Kamāl, Zohir. Ṣayīd Ath-Thelj. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2006.

    Khafājī, Omayma. Jarīma Al-ᶜālam. 1994

    Mᶜāṭi, Ṣalāḥ. ᶜyūn Ainshtein: Quṣuṣ min al-Khiyāl Al-ᶜlmī. Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organisation, 2006.

    Mᶜāṭi, Ṣalāḥ. Al-Kawkab al-Jinna. Cairo: Dār Al-Fārūq, 2008.

    Maḥmūd, Muṣṭafa. Al-ᶜnkabūt. Fifth Edition. Cairo: Dār Al-Mᶜārif, 1989.

    Maḥmūd, Muṣṭafa. Rajul taḥt al-Ṣifr. Cairo: Dār Akhbār Al-Youm, 2008.

    Manṣūr, Anīs. Illathina Habaṭū min Al-Samāᵓ. (1989) Twelfth Edition. Cairo: Dār Al-Shūrūq, 2010.

    ᶜmrān, Ṭālib. Jazīrat Al-Mūt (Quṣuṣ min al-khiyāl al-ᶜlmī). Damascus: Arab Writers’ Union, 2007.

    ᶜmrān, Ṭālib. Al-Azmān Al-Moẓlama. Second edition. Damascus: Dār Al-Fikr, 2006.

    ᶜmrān, Ṭālib. Faḍāᵓ Wāsᶜ ka Al-Hilm. Damascus: Dār Al-Fikr, 1997.

    ᶜmrān, Ṭālib. Leesat fī al-qamr fuqarāᵓ. Damascus; Dār Al-Fikr, 1997.

    ᶜmrān, Ṭālib. Rajul min Al-Qārat Al-Mafqūda. Damascus: Dār Al-Fikr, 2002.

    Raᵓif, Aḥmed. Al-Buᶜd Al-Khāmis.

    Sherīf, Nihad. Raqm 4 Yā mrkum.

    Sherīf, Nihad. Qāhr Al-Zaman.

    Sherīf, Nihad. Sukān al-ᶜālam al-thānī.

    Towfīq, Aḥmed Khāled. Utopia. Doha: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010.

    Qāssem, Qāssem. Lᶜnat al-Ghraiyūm.

    Waṣfī, Rᵓaūf . Ash-Shabāḥ fī al-Faḍāᶜ. Cairo:

    Waṣfī, Rᵓaūf . Kabitān al-Faḍāᶜ fī Rihlat Ghāmida. Cairo: Dār Al-Mᶜārif, 2006.

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  2. Thanks Barbara, It’s great being in touch with you!

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