Books for changing the world

October 6, 2022 at 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Online Teach-in

Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire

Join Mosab Abu Toha, Refaat Areer, and Jehad Abusalim as they imagine the future of Gaza beyond the cruelties of occupation and apartheid.

Online Teach-in


Join Mosab Abu Toha, Refaat Areer, and Jehad Abusalim for the launch of the book, Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire. They will discuss the brilliant new book Light in Gaza, which is a seminal, moving and wide-ranging anthology of Palestinian writers and artists. The book constitutes a collective effort to organize and center Palestinian voices in the ongoing struggle for liberation.

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Refaat Alareer is a professor of English, teaching world literature, comparative literature, and both fiction and nonfiction creative writing at the Islamic University of Gaza. He is the coeditor of Gaza Unsilenced (Just World Books, 2015) and the editor of (and a contributor to) Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine (Just World, 2014).

Jehad Abusalim is a scholar, writer, and public speaker completing his PhD in the History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies joint program at New York University. He has worked with AFSC since 2018. He contributed to other anthologies including Gaza as Metaphor (Hurst Publishers, 2016) and Palestine: A Socialist Introduction (Haymarket Books, 2020).

Mosab Abu Toha is a poet, essayist, short story writer, and the founder of the Edward Said Library in Gaza. In 2019–20, he was a visiting poet and librarian-in-residence at Harvard University. His published work includes Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza (City Lights Books, 2022).