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Come with Me from Jerusalem (available in e-book format on Amazon and Smashwords) tells the story of Sami, the first Egyptian student in Israel, who falls in love with Lital, a Jewish classmate. Sami’s life is shattered when he finds himself arrested and tried for the murder of a Tel Aviv call girl. Only a miracle can save him from a certain life sentence. Sami and Lital, lovers from opposite sides of the conflict, are ideally placed to constitute a microcosm representing divergent views of the Arab-Jewish conflict and the desire to achieve genuine reconciliation.
Raised in Alexandria and educated in Montreal, Kamal Abdel-Malek is a novelist and a scholar who has taught at Princeton and Brown Universities. While at Brown, Abdel-Malek received the prestigious Wriston Fellowship for excellence in teaching and research. He now teaches literature at the American University in Dubai and is a member of the Cairo Atelier for Artists and Writers and recipient of the American University in Dubai 2013 award for outstanding literary achievements.
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.