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On Thursday, April 13th, 2017, the Arabic Language Department at An-Najah held the “Prisoners Literature Conference; from Past to Present” at the Zafer Al-Masri Auditorium in the Old Campus.

The conference aimed at highlighting prisoners’ literature, discussing poetic aesthetic in both ancient and modern Arabic literature, discussing poetic aesthetic relationship to the psychological, political, social and national dimensions and offering care to Palestinian prisoners and encouraging their creative works.

Dr. Nader Qassem, Head of the Arabic Language Department stressed the importance of the conference as it is held on the occasion of Prisoners Day and the collective hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails which started on April 17th, 2017.


The conference included three sessions in which participating researchers presented their papers on different topics.

The conference sessions also included reciting prisoners’ poetry by Dr. Ma’moun Mubarakeh and a number of the Arabic Language Department students.

At the end of the conference, participating researchers were offered certificates by the conference preparatory committee.


The conference was also attended by Professor Maher Natsheh, Acting President of An-Najah; General Manager Akram Rujoub, Governor of Nablus; Dr. Abdul Khaliq Issa, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities; Journalist Kayed Meari, Executive Director of Witness Centre for Citizen's Rights and Social Development and the conference main sponsor and Dr. Adnan Melhem, An-Najah’s President’s Assistant of Social Affairs as well as other notable guests and attendees.

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