Hiwar Bidoon Khisam an Al Arab wal Islam

This is a play with four actors, who meet on a regular basis to talk about the world they live in. They approach their discussions from different points of view, strongly influenced by their religious upbringing, their traditions and their education. Abdul-Raheem is a middle aged Yemeni Sunni Muslim steeped in Islamic-Arab tradition. Sam is a middle aged modern educated Christian Lebanese. Saleh is a Muslim seventy year old male Egyptian who earned a Ph.D. in science, specifically biology from a German university where he later taught. He lives permanently in Germany, but is currently in the UK. His niece is Nadia, an ultra modern divorced woman, accountant and economist by training, who works as a bank manger in London, England. She has a twenty year old daughter, attending university. Nadia, like her uncle Saleh, comes from a Muslim background but has divested herself from religion, and lives permanently in London.
Despite their divergent backgrounds, they developed a friendship over the years because Dr. Saleh knew them all, and brought them together. They meet regularly at a coffee shop on Edgware Road, London, and have lively discussions, captured in this play.

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  • Very well written book, highlighting a civilized, calm and mature dialogue about sensitive issues. It is a recommended read. It also should be translated into other languages and the dialogue should continue. ”

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Biography

Qais Ghanem was born in Aden, at the time a British colony, now part of Yemen. He has lived in Britain, USA, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates, and moved to Canada 45 years ago. He dedicates much of his time to human rights and gender equality, and his novels, based on real or imaginary events in Yemen, are all about gender equality and human rights for all.