AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 8, Number 1. February 2024 Pp. 44-57

Rectifying the Image of Arabs in the World: The Necessity of Translation in The Great Satirist by AmjadTawfiq

University of Ninevah , Mosul , Iraq
Al-Noor University College, Mosul, Iraq


This study delves into the profound impact of Iraqi novelist Amjad Tawfiq’s groundbreaking work, The Great Satirist, on illuminating the intricate tapestry of Arab and Iraqi societies. Spanning historical epochs to contemporary times characterized by the ominous presence of extremist groups in Mosul and the broader Middle East, the novel serves as a poignant window into the heart and soul of these regions. Employing a meticulous stylistic-thematic analysis, this paper aspires to pave the way for an authentic translation of the novel, primarily into English, to broaden its reach to a Western audience. By preserving the rich tapestry of human experiences and nurturing a profound sense of national identity, this translation seeks to be a catalyst for peaceful coexistence and mutual comprehension among diverse ethnicities within the Arab world. As the study culminates, it underscores the pivotal role of Arabic literary works in the documentation of historical events and their unique capacity to advocate for a sense of belonging and unity within societies. In an increasingly interconnected world, the transcendent power of literature to bridge cultural divides and foster an appreciation of shared humanity becomes more pronounced, highlighting the importance of endeavors such as this in promoting global harmony and understanding.

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Ismail, I. A. (2024). Rectifying the Image of Arabs in the World: The Necessity of Translation in The Great Satirist by AmjadTawfiq. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 8 (1): 44-57.  DOI:


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Dr. Ismail Abdulwahhab Ismail is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nineveh, specializing in Linguistics and Translation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mosul and has a rich academic background, having authored several books and numerous academic papers. With extensive experience in journalism and teaching, he has participated in international conferences and is affiliated with various professional associations. Dr. Ismail is multilingual, proficient in Arabic, English, and French, and has held leadership positions in translation and English language departments. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6592-5846