Founding editor of the Arabic-language online music magazine Ma3azef, Maan Abu Taleb is also the author of a novel, a play, short stories and essays.
Abu Taleb’s debut novel, All the Battles (2016), was released in Arabic to critical and popular acclaim and was translated into English by Robin Moger (2017). With Monira Al Qadiri, he co-wrote the play Feeling Dubbing, which was performed at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels (2017). His essay about Jerusalem, language and defeat, ‘A God Is All Over Me’, appeared in The White Review (2018). He presented ‘A Sense of Rhythm’, a lecture exploring the element of rhythm in music and sports, at the Nuqat conference in Kuwait (2016).
Abu Taleb has participated in writing residencies supported by Mophradat, Brussels (2018) and Dar Al Ma’mun, Marrakech (2015).
Abu Taleb earned a master’s degree in philosophy and contemporary critical theory from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London (2012). His dissertation, titled ‘The Phenomenology of Time: A Confrontation between Hegel’s Dialectics and Heidegger’s Ontology’, was supervised by Catherine Malabou, philosopher and author of The Future of Hegel, The Heidegger Change, The Ontology of the Accident and several other philosophical works.
Born in 1981 in Amman, he lives and works in London.
Ma3azef Symposium on Arabic Music (2019)