Salma Khadra Jayyusi
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Recent works: Founder of the Project of Translation from Arabic (PROTA), since 1980 Favorite Writers: Edward Said.

Quote: The Arab–American writer would do well to have as deep an involvement as possible in the situation of the Arab world and its great and rich heritage…. We have a duty to stand as advocates to the truth of our cause and our culture. We are not heirs to [the mahjar writers’] traditions, which spanned the two worlds, but must forge our own, based on the schism that has been introduced between the Arab world and our adopted country. The most outstanding Arab–American writer to date has been Edward Said. He wrote in the very heart of the western tradition without losing sight of his relation with, and responsibility for, his native language and culture.

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