Sheikh Zayed Award winner: Readers now have Deleuze synthesised in Arabic

Mohammed Eissa in Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 8 May 2013

Moroccan author Adil Hadjami fills an important gap in Arabic language philosophical criticism with his award-winning new book on Gilles Deleuze

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Moroccan author Adil Hadjami, winner of the Sheikh Zayed Young Author Award

The new book Falsafat Jeel Deleuze (Deleuze's Philosophy on Existentialism and Difference), which won Moroccan author Adil Hadjami the Sheikh Zayed Young Author Award, provides Arabic readers with a new easy entrance to the philosophy of the great French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995), considered one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century.

The book fills a gap in the Arabic library on Deleuze’s works. Ahram Online met the author during the 23rd round of the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, to get to know more about the book and the new treatment it offers of Deleuze's works.

Hadjami told Ahram Online that the book tackled Deleuze’s oeuvre on two levels: first, Deleuze’s life as a person, and second, Deleuze’s philosophy and the terms he coined.

“I wrote this book out of my own passion for Deleuzian texts and my constant readings of studies on his works, especially ones that analysed his central book Difference and Repetition. Also, I wanted to write the book to meet the needs of the Arabic reader and to present Deleuze’s philosophy in a clear and coherent language and at the same time keep his ideas and terms in their original strength,” Hadjami said.

The main focus of the book is analysing Deleuze's orientation to identity, difference, history, mind and conscience, searching for fundamental meanings across the whole of Deleuze's works.

“What was really hard was translating his concepts into Arabic and finding an Arabic equivalent to his terms that can be a good carrier of the original meaning and at the same time keeps the aesthetics of the Arabic language untouched," Hadjami said.

Hadjami was born in Morocco in 1967. He studied philosophy at Mohamed V University and graduated in 1999. He holds a PhD in philosophy and social theory and is currently a lecturer at Mohamed V University.

Hadjami is competent in ancient Latin and Greek languages. He plays the Oud and has a diploma in the theory of music from the National Conservatoire Institute in Rabat, Morocco.

The book is based on Hadjami's PhD dissertation.

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