• Palestinian Embroidery Motifs

    Margarita Skinner

    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

    From tales of surreptitious teenage romances in Jerusalem, to day-long curfews during the Lebanese civil war and a renegade rooster in Beirut.

  • Vanished

    Ahmed Masoud

    A fictional story set against the political unrest in Palestine, following a young boy trying to find his father.

  • Glafkos Clerides

    Niyazi Kizilyurek

    An intellectual journey in the modern political history of Cyprus.

  • Threads of Identity

    Widad Kamel Kawar

    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • To Palestine with Love

    Najwa Kawar Farah

    Najwa Kawar Farah relates emotions of love and longing in this moving collection of poetry and paintings.

  • Jerusalemites

    Dr Hazem Zaki Nusseibeh

    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

  • Nostos

    Maath al-Alousi

    Despite the layer of a sweet sadness that is suspended over it, the city does not sleep at night...

  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.


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Samia Khoury’s book, `Reflections from Palestine’ launched at Sabeel anniversary

PRESS RELEASE - Reflections From Palestine


Publishing November 27, 2013


Reflections From Palestine: A Journey of Hope (a memoir)

by Samia Nasir Khoury


Rimal Publications
Pb / 978 9963 715 11 4 / $20.00
Pages: 240
B&W Photographs & documents



JERUSALEM - The twenty-fifth anniversary of Palestinian liberation theology was the setting for the launch of Reflections from Palestine - A Journey of Hope, a memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury. The celebration in Jericho was part of the Sabeel International Conference.


About 350 people from Jerusalem and the West Bank, Nazareth and the Galilee area of Israel, and 15 other countries took part in the celebration. Khoury was a founding member of Sabeel, the ecumenical liberation theology center in Jerusalem.
Reflections from Palestine tells the story of life under Israeli occupation. It is a story that Khoury¸ who celebrated her 80th birthday on the day of the book launch, has told for many years. The book opens at the outset of 1967 "Six-Day" war" and describes the relentless series of "temporary measures" that became the binding, suffocating reality of occupation leading up to and following the Oslo Accords.


Khoury explains the wide-ranging social and political problems facing Palestinians under occupation through the sweet and sorrowful experiences of family and community life.


The Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel, said Khoury "makes her reader live with her the anxiety of a mother and grandmother, yet she never sounds bitter and never loses hope because she strongly believes in the justice of the cause of her people, the Palestinians."


Khoury is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University in the West Bank. She was for many years a leader in the East Jerusalem YWCA. Khoury wrote for more than five years for The Witness magazine, a publication of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company. Reflections from Palestine - A Journey of Hope is published by Rimal Publications.


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Reporter: Ann Hafften
Sabeel Media Coordinator: Nicolas Atallah
phone: 0547854578

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Publishing October 12, 2012


Historic Nicosia

Edited by Dr D Michaelides


Rimal Publications
Pb / 978-9963-610-44-0 / €35.00
Hc / 978-9963-610-45-7 / €67.00
Pages: 410
Color and B&W Photographs, illustrations & maps


Leading historians and academics guide the reader through the major epochs, drawing on classic sources as well as the latest scholarship emanating from the study of ancient documents and archaeological discoveries in six chapters. Each chapter contains a rich section of color and black-and-white photographs, maps and illustrations, some published here for the first time.

‘Surprisingly, despite the fact that Nicosia has been the capital of Cyprus since at least Frankish times, it is the least known of the islands major towns.' wrote Dr Demetrios Michaelides in his Preface.

Michaelides added, 'We have tried to give as complete an account as possible of the habitat that - first known under a name or names that are unrecorded, through Λέδροι (and variants thereof), Καλλινικησέων πόλις, Λευκοί Θεοί, Λευκουσία, Leukousia, Λευκούπολις, Καλλινίκησις, Nicosia, and Lefkosa - came to be the town we now call Λευκωσία (Nicosia).‘

He emphasized that this is the first book that discusses all periods, in the history and development of Nicosia and that continuous reference are made to many of the island's rulers and the town's officials. This was a good opportunity to prepare and publish, together for the first time, lists of governors, metropolitans, viscounts, archbishops, muftis, dragomans, mayors, etc, all of which are found in appendices at the end of the chapter they are relevant to.

Another new element in the present volume according to Michaelides is the preparation of topographical maps of Nicosia, one for each period discussed, where the monuments mentioned in the text are marked. The maps were prepared by Athos Agapiou (with the input of Philippe Trélat for that of the Medieval and Renaissance period).'


Chapter One

Nicosia from the Beginnings to Roman Ledroi

by Dr Demetrios Michaelides, Professor at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Cyprus, Vice-President of the Historical Society of Cyprus, and President of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics, and Dr Despina Pilides, Ephor of Museums in the Department of Antiquities.

The chapter aims to give an overview of the evidence from the earliest times up to the Early Christian period. The information has been culled from short reports on ‘accidental discoveries' of ancient remains recorded in the Archives of the Department of Antiquities, some dating back to 1934, the year in which the Department was established.

Chapter Two

Byzantine Nicosia 650-1191

by Tassos Papacostas, RCUK Fellow in Byzantine Material Culture at King's College London.

The History of Nicosia during this long period has not attracted much attention. This is largely due to the dearth of evidence, both archaeological and textual, affording minimal insights into the evolution and topography of the Byzantine settlement. The lack of archaeological material is not difficult to explain: Nicosia was greatly developed under the Lusignans, obliterating much of the earlier fabric, while later on the construction of a new fortification wall by the Venetians in the 16th century required the destruction of large parts of the town's southern sector that may have included buildings of the Byzantine period. It is also related to the continuous occupation of the site through to our days, a factor that has hindered the undertaking of major archaeological investigations.

Chapter Three

Frankish & Venetian Nicosia 1191-1570

by Dr Nicholas Coureas of the Cyprus Research Centre,
Gilles Grivaud, Professor of Medieval History of the Mediterranean World at the University of Rouen, and
Chris Schabel, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cyprus.

The transition from Byzantine rule to Frankish domination had a radical effect on Nicosia, since the city changed its status with Richard the Lionheart's conquest: first the capital of a Byzantine province, that became the seat of a monarchy which forged an independent state, de iure from 1247 until 1427, de facto from 1192 until 1474.


Chapter Four

Nicosia Under Ottoman Rule 1570-1878 Part I

by Ioannis Theocharides, Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Cyprus, and
Theocharis Stavrides, Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Cyprus

Chapter Five

Nicosia Under Ottoman Rule 1570-1878 Part II

by Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou, Professor of Folk Art and Architecture at the University of Cyprus

Under the Ottoman rule for the three centuries, Nicosia experienced new and completely different political, economic and social conditions.
As the capital of the island, Nicosia was the administrative and religious centre, the seat of the Turkish governor, the archbishop and the dragoman of the Serai, the place of residence of aghast and other Turkish officials. Consequently, it attracted the conquerors more than any other town, and, for most of this period, the majority of its inhabitants were Turks.


Chapter Six

Nicosia under British Rule 1878-1960

by Dr Diana Markides, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (School of Advanced Studies), University of London.

Nicosia was no longer linked to "the City", Constantinople, but to a remote northern capital. The growing perception of a "British Cyprus" always existed in aloof and uncomfortable suspension over the very different perceptions of the native inhabitants. There were, however, areas in which British ways and, in the final years, ways in which the Cypriots restricted the lives of the British on the island. Nowhere was this difference and interaction more forcefully present than in the capital city of Nicosia.


For more information, or an interview with the editor of Historic Nicosia, contact Fadia Shawwa at fadia@rimalbooks.com or +(357) 22 314842.





Publishing March 19, 2012


Afaf Zurayk

Here is an intensely personal lovesong that comes to us from Beirut.

In much of the world, the word "Beirut" compels a shock of recognition: historically, it is a city of international and cross-cultural conflict of epic proportions. But Beirut, sophisticated crossroads that it is, like any gathering-place of humanity, is also a city of love. And few other writers convey the depth of this fundamentally human emotion as powerfully and directly as has the Beirut-born, Harvard-educated poet and painter Afaf Zurayk. Working both in poetry and images, Zurayk here celebrates the one force that binds us all: no other is as delicate or as powerful, as evanescent or as enduring. Lovesong, writes Zurayk, "talks about my inner life and the questions that face one when intimately connecting to another person."

A gorgeously produced book on special heavyweight paper, Lovesong includes nineteen of Zurayk's sensual, delicate full-color paintings. Writes the Nicosia, Cyprus-based publisher: "The paper was chosen for its lightness and transparency, to help express the presence of the past and the future in the present moment. The precious and almost secretive nature of love and loving is found in the design of the cover that becomes a hidden treasure to discover and to behold."


Afaf Zurayk was born in Beirut in 1948, where she now lives. Educated at the American University in Beirut, she received a MA in Fine Arts at Harvard. Author of My Father: Reflections (Rimal Publications,1970), she lived in Washington, D.C. for twenty-five years and is at home in both Arab and American cultures. She says: "The civil war in Lebanon affected my artwork tremendously and it took my years in Washington to help me come to terms with it and to be able to live with the uncertainty and fear it brought out within me."

Publication: March 19, 2012
Limited edition of 1,000 copies.
Color illustrations throughout. Paperback, $30, 978-9963-601-77-8
56 pages; printed on Marcate white cotton-based paper.


For more information, or an interview with the author, contact Fern Diaz at fernanda.diaz@orbooks.com or (212) 514-6485.
Rimal Publications are available in North America and Europe exclusively at www.orbooks.com



PRESS RELEASE - History in the Arab Skies

Publishing April 9, 2012


History in the Arab Skies
Aviation's Impact on the Middle East

Gerald Butt

"Gerald Butt's excellent and definitive book shows how aviation is woven into the troubles history of the modern Middle East." -- Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor

"Often controversial, always immensely readable, this is a book full of interest and surprises." --Alexander Frater, author of Beyond the Blue Horizon


The Middle East--a vast stretch of land that encompasses over 2.5 million square miles, from Turkey to Yemen--was one of the first places on the globe to experience manned flight at a commercial level. History in the Arab Skies shows that at key moments, the area's history was shaped and reshaped by air superiority. Perhaps surprisingly, this engrossing chronicle of aviation in the Middle East is filled with romance and intrigue: it starts in 1909, with Belgian aristocrat Baron Pierre de Caters, the first person to land a plane in Egypt. Stories abound to tantalize the imagination, such as Englishman Frank McClean's 1913 three-month flight in a biplane from Cairo to Khartoum and back. And the first bombs ever dropped from planes fell from the hands of Italian aviators, who bombed Libyans resisting their invasion in 1912.

Over the next few decades, aviation's role in commerce and warfare increased dramatically--yet, as author Gerald Butt asserts, Arab countries, relying on European, Russian and American firms for their aircraft, have repeatedly squandered opportunities to assert control over their own airspace--most recently as when the Arab League turned to NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in 2011.

The first book to look at the region through the prism of aviation, History in the Arab Skies is illustrated with historic black and white photographs.


Gerald Butt was born in Tehran in 1949. An award-winning correspondent for the BBC from Beirut and Jerusalem, he is the author of Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza (Rimal Publications, 2009), The Arabs: Myth and Reality (I.B. Tauris, 2000) and Lion in the Sand: The British in the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 1996). A graduate of the University of London, he lives and works in the United Kingdom, where he is a political consultant on the Middle East and editor of the weekly politics/energy risk briefing, MENA Prospect (www.ppintel.com/mp).

Publication: April 9, 2012
Illustrated with b-and-w-photographs. Paperback, $20, 978-9963-610-73-0
280 pages.


For more information, or an interview with the author, contact Fern Diaz at fernanda.diaz@orbooks.com or (212) 514-6485.
Rimal Publications are available in North America and Europe exclusively at www.orbooks.com




Rimal / OR Books Partnership


For immediate release
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
For more information: info@rimalbooks.com


OR Books LLC of New York City and Rimal Publications of Nicosia (Cyprus) today announced a strategic cooperation agreement to publish Rimal's English-language titles in the United States. The two companies unite experienced book publishers who at the same time are acknowledged innovators in the field. Rimal, founded nineteen years ago by Nora Shawwa in Nicosia, Cyprus, specializes in history, art, culture, travel and children's books, and publishes in both English and Arabic. Its mission is to "introduce readers to the unique cultural richness of the Middle East and the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean."


"We're thrilled about this new connection," said Nora Shawwa, Rimal's publisher. "This partnership will help Rimal reach a new audience and at the same time save us money in terms of production and distribution."


OR Books was founded in 2009 by John Oakes and Colin Robinson, longtime publishing professionals who were determined to try a radically different approach to the marketing and distribution of both print and ebooks: they emphasize selling direct to the consumer, do not accept returns and place a premium on marketing. As part of their efforts, they started OR Partners as the service wing of OR Books, providing assistance to likeminded publishers.




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