ODAI AL ZOUBI is a writer, journalist, and translator. He studied Philosophy at the Lebanese University, Beirut, and at University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he received his PhD. His philosophical research focuses on semantics and speech act theory.
He has translated works by Bertrand Russell from English into Arabic. He has published two collections of short stories, and also a collection of literary essays in Arabic (with Al Mutawassit Publications). One of his short stories will be included in an anthology of Syrian stories to be published by Comma Press. He has had articles published in English at openDemocracy and in Danish, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish publications. He also writes (in Arabic) for the Syrian culture website Al-Jumhuriya.
Read his op-ed in Newsweek: Gogol's Ghost: A letter from a Syrian to the Russian public about the war on Aleppo
Read his powerful article : The Morals of Pessimism: "What are the morals of pessimism? Who advocates for them in Syria today? And what is the relation between these morals and the increasing proliferation of fascisms?... Fascisms triumph when we surrender, not when they exhibit their most violent appearances. This surrender reflects a soul already enslaved to all kinds of violence and despotism."
Read his openDemocracy articles: Syria: revolution or civil war (April 2013) and Moral principles, the 'Leftists' and the Syrian Revolution (March 2012)
Read his literary essay: Elegy, about his grandmother, published in French
Read his articles, published in Danish newspaper Information, about "Danish values" which sparked debate in Denmark, It seems nice to talk about Danish values when I've spent most of my life struggling for exactly the same in Syria and To do and not to do in Denmark