Alif Institute - Atlanta Georgia

Upcoming Programs

5/14: National Arab American Service Day

National Arab American Service DayNAASD 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

9 AM - 12 PM

Dresden Park
2301 Dresden Drive, Atlanta GA 30341


National Arab American Service Day is all about Serving Communities, Connecting People so let’s be good neighbors! Dresden Park, part of Chamblee Parks, needs our help. They will have staff on hand with tools but they will need volunteers. Dresden is a new park and needs some love and attention.

Who can spare a few hours on a Saturday morning to improve a park that benefits the community? This is a great opportunity to build community spirit and improve our relationship with the surrounding neighborhoods. 

For more information, please contact Kasim Abuaisheh at 404-731-0001 or Alif Institute (

Feb 26: MONTHLY FEATURE EVENT - Tunisian Night

Monthly Feature EventTunisian Night Flyer
A Journey to Carthage

Friday, February 26, 2016

$25 for non-members / $22 for members 
$12 for children 12 and under
Free babysitting!

RSVP by Thursday, February 25, 2016
Call 770-936-8770, or email us at

Join us for an elegant evening celebrating the rich culture of Tunisia!

Enjoy authentic Tunisian cuisine, music, and interesting information about this beautiful Arab country.

For more information, please email

9/19 - Volunteer Beautification Day

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Beautification & Volunteer Day

Saturday, September 19, 2015

10:00 AM—1:30 PM


Please RSVP to

We would like to sincerely thank the SPONSOR of this event, Mr. Sohel Elias of Atlanta Scapes for donating materials for our landscaping!


Help us make Alif beautiful, inside and out! Each year, the Alif community comes together to bring new life to the facility that supports our mission to increase education about and awareness of Arab culture. This year, projects will include:

Spreading mulch, weeding, clearing debris, organizing and arranging inside space, painting, and doing small repairs.  ***Please bring yard tools (shovels, rakes…) if possible.


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.




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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