Today’s poet is one of the most prominent French writers of Arab origin. In his work, he deals primarily with the roots and history of Islam, its literatures, its culture and the problems involved in integrating Muslim traditions into the process of the modern age. He constantly criticises anti-democratic tendencies in Islam as well as Western perspectives that polarise and over-simplify. Only last Sunday, in an article for Le Monde, he called on moderate Muslims to liberate Islam from Islamism.
Advent Calendar door no. 21 reveals the poetry of Tunisian poet
(with translations into German)
Born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1946, Abdelwahab Meddeb comes from a family of theologians and scriptural scholars. Poetry, novels, essays and academic texts go hand-in-hand in his oeuvre. His poems stride through a swathe of image worlds taking in the landscapes of Tunisia as well as the traditions of Eastern and Western literature and philosophical discussions. Motifs and traditions are called up, blurred and transformed in long movements of text. Today he lives in Paris and works as a writer and journalist.