November 7, 2011

Identity Card - Performed by Souhad Zendah

Souhad Zendah is a lecturer at Tufts University where she teaches Arabic language and culture. She has also taught Arabic language and literacy at Harvard where she is currently working on an advanced degree in language education.

Identity Card was written by Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) who was born in Al Birweh, Palestine into a land-owing Sunni Muslim family. During the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, his village was destroyed and his family fled to Lebanon.

Darwish was an editor for a Palestine Liberation Organization monthly journal and the director of the group's research center. He also founded the literary review Al-Karmel and served as the editor-in-chief. Darwish is considered Palestine's most eminent poet. Souhad delivers a moving performance of one of Darwish's most famous poems.

Identity Card
Mahmoud Darwish
(performed first in Arabic then in English)

Some details about Mahmoud Darwish from: The Academy of American Poets

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