Rasha al Ameer

Rasha al Ameer is a Lebanese publisher, cultural critic and author of two novels. Since 1990, she has co-directed Dar-al Jadeed, an independent Lebanese publishing house. She is also a partner in Umam, an NGO and film production company. Jonathan Wright is the translator of Khaled Al Khamissi’s Taxi and Alaa Al Aswany’s On the State of Egypt (AUC Press, 2011). Rasha al Ameer is a Lebanese novelist and publisher. She began writing while a student in Paris, with articles in the Arabic-language magazines An-Nahar al Arabi wal Douwali and Al Watan al Arabi. On her return to Lebanon she co-founded the avant-garde publishing house, Dar al Jadid, which has published works by former Iranian President Sayyed Mohammad Khatami and the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Judgment Day was first published in Arabic in 2002 as ‘Yawm el Din’ and has gone through six editions :three in Lebanon, two in Algeria, and one in Egypt. A French version, translated by Youssef Seddik, was published by Actes Sud Sindbad in 2009. Her devotion to the classical Arabic language is apparent throughout her writings.