Latest News and Updates: The Book of Origins and other works by Adel S. Bishtawi

Origin of Arabic Numerals - A natural history of numbers
Posted on 1st August 2011

Following a successful screen raiser edition of Origin of Arabic Numerals in 2009 and a special edition of the book in 2011, AuthorHouse released on a new edition on 06/30/2011. Link to AuthorHouse here. Link to Amazon here.

Traces of a Tattoo
Posted on 08 August 2011

The English version of Traces of a Tattoo is out, at last. Here are some of comments made about the Arabic version:

Traces of a Tattoo

‘An odyssey in time and memory’


‘A major landmark in modern Arab literature and will consecrate the author as one of the most important contemporary Arab novelists’


 Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London)


Traces of a Tattoo earns one of its distinguished qualities from its scrupulous monitoring of its characters in their silence, speech and movements – in its scrutiny of their reactions…spreading numbness in both body and soul’ Al Hayat Newspaper (London)


‘Traces of a Tattoo is no ordinary novel. Evoking the example of giant literary works such as Cities of Salt by Abdulrahman Munif, The Boys of our Neighbourhood by Najib Mahfouz…it is an odyssey in time and memoryAl Sahraa Newspaper (Morocco)


‘One of the most beautiful Arab novels I have read in recent years’


Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London)


‘A novel with something of exercises acute observation of the characters' behaviours and fates, summing it all up in a skilful but lucid dramatization of the complexity that marks the life of a human being’ Al Watan Newspaper (Kuwait)


‘I have all the time in the world for Adel Said Bishtawi. This Palestinian-born Arab creative polymath has written extraordinary articles, novels and produced documentaries on Muslim and Arab culture around the world…If you haven’t read Traces of a Tattoo yet, I recommend you go grab it any way you can’


Anisa Benmoktar,

Full reviews at


Cover painting by the distinguished painter Hani Mazhar


You can 'grab a copy,' as Anisa said, from the publisher:



Professor Godfrey Wettinger
Posted on 10 August 2011

We have an extensive interview with Godfrey Wettinger, Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow at University of Malta. Professor Wettinger is an authority on the history of Malta and he advanced in the interview some daring comments about the origin of Maltese in addition to some insight into one of the best minds in the Maltese Isles.

Coming soon

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