Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

Aspiring Writer Workshop

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Aspiring Writer WorkshopMohana

With professor and author Dr. Mohana Rajakumar
Writer. Scholar. Mother.

Sunday, July 19
Alif Institute

Seats are limited!
Free with RSVP to
For more information, please visit
www.alifinstitute.orgor call 770-936-8770.

Attend this dynamic workshop designed for all writers who are interested in starting their careers or improving their craft! Topics will include:

¨Writers’ Myths

¨Why You Need a Blog

¨Be an A+ Version of Yourself
(Lessons on Writing and Life)


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar has a PhD in Literature from the University of Florida. Her academic books include Haram in the Harem (2009, Peter Lang), in which she examines Indian and Algerian writers’ subversive use of domestic fiction to critique male privilege. Hip Hop Dance (Greenwood, 2012) explores the grassroots development of hip-hop dance and music before it became a commercial phenomena. Mohana has also been recognized for her fiction: Love Comes Later (2012, Createspace) won the 2013 Best Indie Book Award for Romance. Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011. Website:

9/9 - Book Club: THE CORPSE WASHER

The Corpse Washer The Corpse Washer

By Sinan Antoon


 RSPV by Tuesday, September 8. Sandwich & Soda available for $5 with RSPV

Join our group for a lively discussion of this Arab American National Museum award-winning book 

PLEASE NOTE: Copies of this book have been made available to Alif Institute through the generosity of the Arab American National Museum. To claim your copy, please contact us ASAP! A donation to Alif to support our programs is kindly requested.

Originally written in Arabic and translated into English, this book received the Arab American Book Award for Fiction in 2014.

Sinan AntoonAbout the book: Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise. Saddam Hussein's bellicose dictatorship reaps war, economic disruption, occupation, and sectarian violence, one following another in dreadful succession. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding. Trained as an artist to shape materials to represent life aesthetically, he now must contemplate how death shapes daily life and the bodies of Baghdad's inhabitants. Through the struggles of a single desperate family, Sinan Antoon's novel shows us the heart of Iraq's complex and violent recent history. Descending into the underworld where the borders between life and death are blurred and where there is no refuge from unending nightmares, Antoon limns a world of great sorrows, a world where the winds wail. —Amazon 

About the author: Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist and translator. His poems and essays (in Arabic) have appeared in as-Safir, al-Adab, al-Akhbar, Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya, Masharef and (in English) in The Nation, Middle East Report, Al-Ahram Weekly, Banipal, Journal of Palestine Studies, The Massachusetts Review, World Literature Today, Ploughshares, Washington Square Journal, and the New York Times. Sinan 
is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Arab Studies Journal. He is an associate professor at the Gallatin School, New York University and co-founder and co-editor of the cultural page of Jadaliyya. 

If you would like more information about the Alif Book Club, please contact us at  or call 770-936-8770.





Coming this May:  Computer Image
Adult Computer Classes 


Alif is happy to offer courses on basic computer literacy and social media

The classes are taught in English with Arabic translation available. The class instructor is Mrs. Zaina Ajakie. Mrs Ajakie has 16 years of experience teaching computer literacy at university level. 

Alif will provide all materials: 

  • Computers to use during class. 
  • Flash drive, reference cards, user manual and notepaper to keep after class. 


Course I: Computer Literacy 

This hands-on course is a practical overview of Microsoft Windows 8.1, desktop applications, including word-processing, spreadsheet and social media. 

Date: May 5 - 21, 2015 

Length: 12 hours 


Night of Moroccan Delights

Alif Institute proudly presents...

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SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015

5 pm - 8:30 pm


$25 for non-members/$22 for members

$12 for children 12 and under

Required: RSVP to by Friday, May 29th, 2015.


Let Alif Institute transport your entire family to Morocco for an evening of food, activities, stories, and music! Experience the rich culture of Morocco while you learn some new facts and make some new friends!

RSVP now to reserve your place and be sure to invite your friends!






Tawleh 3Are you a "Tawlet Zahr" fan? Or curious to learn how to play? 

Join the Backgammon Tournament, and explore this fun and engaging aspect of Arab culture!

Tournament starts on Saturday, February 28!
Games will run on Saturday mornings at 11am.

Registration is Open to All
Parents of Arabic language students, this is a great time to enjoy playing while your kids are in class!

Register by February 27
$20 per person

The winner will receive an exciting PRIZE!

BackgammonAbout the game: Backgammon is one of the oldest board games for two players. In Arabic the game is called “Tawlet El Zahr” or طاولة الزهر, which means “The Table of Dice”. This is a very popular game in the Middle-East, but becoming very trendy all over the world and over the internet. The playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of their pieces from the board before their opponent. Although luck is one of the determining factors in the outcome, strategy plays a more important role in the long run. The two types of play that will be included in this tournament are called “Franjya” or ‘Mahboussa”.

Detailed rules of the tournament and of each play will be presented on Saturday, February 28.

Contact us

  • Telephone: 770-936-8770 
  • 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340

  • Operating Hours
    Tue: 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM* (when Arabic Classes in session)
    Tue - Fri: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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