Abdelwahab Meddeb 




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Abdelwahab Meddeb 

* 17.01.1946, Tunis, Тунис
06.11.2014, Франция

Abdelwahab Meddeb (born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1946) is a cross-border artist of a kind that is rare in contemporary literature. One of the most prominent French writers of Arab origin, he raises aesthetic and social questions to which there are no easy answers.

In his work, Meddeb deals primarily with the roots and history of Islam, its literatures, its culture and the problems involved in integrating Muslim traditions into the process of the modern age. He constantly criticises anti-democratic tendencies in Islam as well as Western perspectives that polarise and over-simplify. Poetry, novels, essays and academic texts go hand-in-hand in his oeuvre.

Meddeb’s poems, of which a selection has been published in English (Tombeau of Ibn Arabi, Fordham University Press, 2010, translated by Charlotte Mandell), stride through a swathe of image worlds taking in the landscapes of Tunisia as well as the traditions of Eastern and Western literature and philosophical discussions. Motifs and traditions are called up, blurred and transformed in long movements of text.

Meddeb comes from a family of theologians and scriptural scholars at the Zitouna University in Tunis. After studying Art History and Literature, he was a reader in a large Paris publishing house before becoming editor of his own literary series for Editions Sindbad from 1974 to 1988. Since the early 1990s, Meddeb has been devoting himself increasingly to academic interests and has been a guest lecturer at universities and research centres in Geneva, Florence and Paris and at Yale.

Today he lives in Paris and works as a writer and journalist. He is the editor of an inter-cultural journal, dedale, and works for the ‘Cultures d'islam’ programme on the radio station France Culture.

  • La Gazelle et l'enfant

  • Talismano

    Paris: éd. Christian Bourgois, 1979

  • Phantasia

    Paris: éd. Sindbad, 1986

  • Tombeau d'Ibn Arabi

    Paris: éd. Noël Blandin, 1987

  • Les Dits de Bistami

    Paris: éd. Fayard, 1989

  • Talismano


    Heidelberg: Verlag Wunderhorn, 1993

  • Les 99 stations de Yale


  • Image et l'Invisible


  • Blanches traverses du passé


  • Aya


    Heidelberg: Verlag Wunderhorn, 1998

  • Aya dans les villes

    Saint-Clément-de-Rivière: éd. Fata Morgana, 1999

  • Matière des oiseaux


  • La Maladie de l'islam

    Paris: éd. du Seuil, 2002

  • Die Krankheit des Islam

    Heidelberg: Verlag Wunderhorn, 2002

  • The Malady of Islam

    Basic Books, 2003

  • Ibn arabis Grab


    Heidelberg: Verlag Wunderhorn, 2004

  • L'Exil occidental

    Paris: éd. Albin Michel, 2005

  • Contre-prêches

    Paris: éd. du Seuil, 2006

  • De ziekte van de islam

    Ten Have/Pelckmans, 2007

  • Zwischen Europa und Islam

    (115 Gegenpredigten)

    Heidelberg: Verlag Wunderhorn, 2007

  • Sortir de la malédiction. L'islam entre civilisation et barbarie

    Paris: éd. du Seuil, 2008

  • Pari de civilisation

    Paris: éd. du Seuil, 2009

  • Tombeau of Ibn’ Arabi and White Traverses

    New York: Fordham University Press, 2009

  • Printemps de Tunis, la métamorphose de l'histoire

    Paris: éd. Albin Michel, 2011

  • Talismano

    Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2011

  • 2002 prix François-Mauriac (pour La Maladie de l’islam)

  • 2002 prix Max-Jacob (pour son recueil de poésies Matière des oiseaux)

  • 2007 prix Benjamin-Fondane (pour Contre-prêches)

  • 2010 Prix Doha, capitale de la culture arabe (pour l’ensemble de son œuvre)