Used Book Shops in Amman

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I’m addicted to the used books!

Nothing’s more magical to own a book after someone have read it, dog-eared some pages, and lift some doodles and notes here and there! Sometimes I find a book signed by its author, with few little words to another special person to her/him.. that is super incredible! Or a book that was exchanged between friends, family members and so on.. All of these details make the world of used books the right place for me.
Amman, as all​ ​other cities in the world have its own shops that sell second-hand books, hereunder my list for the best ones:

• Mahall al-Maa محل الماء


Small shop located in Quraish street behind the Amman’s nymphaeum, owned by Hamzeh, a wonderful person, and a true booklover, Hamzeh has a massive collection of books, mostly rare ones! I spend hours and sometimes days overwhelmed his gems! Previously, Hamzeh inherited…

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writing and stuck? try a “ventilation file”



I am sure that most of us have experienced that feeling of guilt and dread that comes from not getting down to a writing task. We find lots of other things to do instead. More important things. Like looming deadlines. Like people asking for our help. Like new and interesting writing. And when we do – finally – sit down to write, the words don’t come. Despite being determined to crack the nut, the writing just doesn’t happen.

Now I’m not talking here about a bit of trouble getting going. The faltering beginning and stuttering start… well, that happens a lot – and to all of us. Usually, eventually, after some false beginnings, perhaps some free writing or some brainstorming, the words begin to flow. At first, there aren’t many, and then the pace picks up. And then you are writing. I call this writing-your-way-into-writing – sitting down and working…

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Publishing about publishing: a review of ‘Global Academic Publishing’ (eds Curry & Lillis)

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By Cally Guerin

Mary Jane Curry & Theresa Lillis (eds), (2018). Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives and Pedagogies. Studies in Knowledge Production and Participation: 1. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

In response to increasing pressure from institutions and funding bodies for academics to make their research public, there is a great deal of advice—and anxiety—for those seeking to publish their research. Doctoral writers, too, are often caught up in this ‘push to publish’ and, as emerging scholars, they are likely to be even less well informed about the challenges and nuances of navigating the system than seasoned researchers. When I saw that Mary Jane Curry and Theresa Lillis had published a collection of essays about publishing, I was keen to get some fresh insights into the current state of play in this vexed area—and I have learnt a great deal from their new book.

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ماذا حدث لـ”منكوبي الجوفة”؟


في رمضان الفائت، نصب أهالي البنايات التي انهارت في جبل الجوفة بتاريخ 19 و20 كانون الثاني من العام الجاري خيمةً اعتصام في الأرض التي كانت مقامة عليها بناياتهم المهدومة للتذكير بمشكلتهم، لكن هذا الاحتجاج السلمي لم يسترعِ اهتمام أحد من المعنيين.
يقول ناصر الحاج، وهو من سكان البنايات المنهارة، “قررنا نعمل خيمة ونفطر فيها ونعتصم.. ما في غير أنا وابن خالتي، اثنين، ودفعنا 150 ليرة، قعدنا أسبوعين ولا حد عبّرنا، ولا رضيوا وسائل الإعلام يجوا ولا حتى جيراني”. ويوضح بأنهم اتصلوا بوسيلة إعلامية معروفة لتغطية الاعتصام، سمعوا منها أن “انهيارات الجوفة انتهت وتسكّر الملف”!
لكن هل “تسكّر الملف” حقاً رغم ان المتضررين لا يعلمون بعد مصير الارض، التي باتت خالية وساحة خطرة يلعب فيها الأطفال رغم التحذيرات؟ بعد العثور على مغارات أثرية فيها أثناء إزالة الأنقاض، تمت دراسة الموقع من قبل مديرية دائرة الآثار العامة، لكن مديرها منذر الجمحاوي قال في تصريحات صحفية سابقة إن الدائرة لا تنوي استملاكها. بيد…

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