Arabic translation – Call for chapters

arabicI have been asked to make available a Call for Chapters for the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Arabic Translation, edited by Sameh F. Hanna, Hanem El-Farahaty and Abdel Wahab Khalifa.

One of the editors published a groundbreaking book on Arabic translation earlier this year (see this post).

A wide range of themes are planned, including specialised translation from/into Arabic.

Call for Chapter Proposals

Translation-related activities from and into Arabic have significantly increased in the last few years, in both scope and scale. The launch of a number of national translation projects, policies and awards in a number Arab countries, together with the increasing translation from Arabic in a wide range of subject areas outside the Arab World – especially in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” – have complicated and diversified the dynamics of the translation industry involving Arabic.

Alongside an expanding Arabic translation market, Arabic translation pedagogy witnessed a remarkable progress, with the launch of many Arabic translation programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both inside and outside the Arab world.

This gave rise to a new generation of Arabic translation scholars who embraced the double challenge of critically engaging with the recent innovations in the epistemology and methodology of Western translation studies and developing at the same time their own research tools and conceptual apparatuses that would effectively describe and theorise the unique and fast-evolving realities of Arabic translation.

With this in mind, the handbook aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide a comprehensive, state of the art account of the complex field of Arabic translation studies.
To put Arabic translation practice and scholarship on the translation studies map through making visible a wide range of translation activities and research involving Arabic as both a source and a target language.
  • To review, critique and assess available scholarship on Arabic translation practice and pedagogy.
  • To fill the gaps left unplugged by available scholarship on Arabic translation.
  • To negotiate the research methods and conceptual tools developed in translation studies with the purpose of using them to describe and explicate translation from/into Arabic.
  • To develop new conceptual tools and research paradigms that would better capture and reflect the unique socio-cultural and political dynamics of Arabic translation.
  • To set the future directions and research agenda for the fast-expanding terrain of Arabic translation studies.

Submission instructions

Please submit abstracts of 500 words to the editors at editors(at) and copy Sameh Hanna in at s.hanna(at) by the 31st of August 2015. Please include a brief biography for each author as well as corresponding contact details.

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