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Ibrahim Fawal119055337_10158903011747009_7049757334110341055_n (1933 to 2020), Abe to his friends, was a writer, filmmaker, educator, and one of the most remarkable of NewSouth’s authors. Born in Ramallah, Palestine, he came to the U.S. to attend film school, after which he was the Jordanian assistant director for Lawrence of Arabia. His brother’s sudden death in Birmingham brought him to that city to look after the bereaved family, guide the family business, and become a U.S. citizen. But Abe’s heart was in art, and he began making films, teaching college literature and film classes, and writing what eventually became the PEN Oakland Award-winning On the Hills of God, a sweeping novel exploring the creation of Israel in 1947 from the Palestinian perspective. It and its sequel, The Disinherited, were published by NewSouth.119038749_10158903023267009_3971783978394985773_o In his late 60s, Abe earned a doctorate at England’s University of Oxford, publishing his dissertation on the foremost Arab filmmaker, Youssef Chahine. Abe was a storyteller, raconteur, and connoisseur of fine spirits, food, and women. We miss him.

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