Translating Tahrir

From praxis to theory with Tahrir Documents 1

Authored by: Levi Thompson , Emily Drumsta , Elias G. Saba

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Translation

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138958043
eBook ISBN: 9781315661346
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This chapter discusses translation practice and theory through consideration of Tahrir Documents, a project to push the boundaries of Arabic-English translation and begun in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Working with a collection of paper-based ephemera produced during the revolution, Tahrir Documents complicated the increasingly widespread characterization of the direct actions in Tahrir Square as a revolution fueled by social media platforms. Tahrir Documents was an experiment in large-scale crowd-sourced translation that negotiated the demand for faithful, careful renderings of Arabic political speech into English alongside a pressing desire for immediate distribution.

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