Humphrey Davies

Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of some twenty works of modern Arabic literature, among them Alaa Al-Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building, four novels by Elias Khoury, including Gate of the Sun, and Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s Leg over Leg. He has also made a critical edition, ranslation, and lexicon of the Ottoman-period Hazz al-quhuf bi-sharh qasid Abi Shaduf (Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded) by Yusuf al-Shirbini and compiled with a colleague an anthology entitled Al-‘ammiyyah al-misriyyah al-maktubah: mukhtarat min 1400 ila 2009 (Egyptian Colloquial Writing: selections from 1400 to 2009). He read Arabic at the University of Cambridge, received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and previous to undertaking his first translation in 2003, worked for social development and research organizations in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, and Sudan. He is affiliated with the American University in Cairo, where he lives.

 

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  1. In Darfur
    A merchant’s account of his travels through an independent African state Muhammad ibn 'Umar al-Tunisi (d. 1274/1857) belonged to a family of Tunisian merchants trading with Egypt and what is now Sudan. Al-Tunisi was raised in... Learn More
    Published: 8th May 2018
    Hardback | £34.00
    PDF | £37.00
  2. In Darfur
    A merchant’s account of his travels through an independent African state Muhammad ibn 'Umar al-Tunisi (d. 1274/1857) belonged to a family of Tunisian merchants trading with Egypt and what is now Sudan. Al-Tunisi was raised in... Learn More
    Published: 8th May 2018
    Hardback | £34.00
    PDF | £37.00
  3. Risible Rhymes
    Written in mid-17th centuryEgypt, Risible Rhymesis in part a short, comic disquisition on “rural” verse, mocking thepretensions and absurdities of uneducated poets from Egypt’s countryside.The interestin the countryside... Learn More
    Published: 4th October 2016
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    EPUB | £22.00
  4. Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded
    Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Yusuf al-Shirbini’s Brains Confounded pits the “coarse” rural masses against the “refined” urban population. In Volume One, al-Shirbini describes the three rural “types”—peasant cultivator,... Learn More
    Published: 12th July 2016
    Hardback | £34.00
    Paperback | £12.99
  5. Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded, with Risible Rhymes
    Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Yusuf al-Shirbini’s Brains Confounded pits the “coarse” rural masses against the “refined” urban population. In Volume One, al-Shirbini describes the three rural “types”—peasant cultivator,... Learn More
    Published: 12th July 2016
    Hardback | £34.00
    Paperback | £12.99
  6. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of “the Fariyaq,” alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
    PDF | £91.00
    EPUB | £16.00
  7. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of “the Fariyaq,” alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2015
    Paperback | £14.99
    PDF | £24.00
  8. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of ‘the Fariyaq,’ alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 6th June 2014
    Hardback | £34.00
    PDF | £91.00
  9. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of ‘the Fariyaq,’ alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 6th June 2014
    Hardback | £34.00
    PDF | £91.00
  10. Leg over Leg
    Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of ‘the Fariyaq,’ alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often... Learn More
    Published: 6th June 2014
    Hardback | £108.00
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