About Us

About Us


Dar Al Adab for publishing and distribution was founded in 1956 by Dr. Souheil Idriss. It is one of the oldest publishing houses in the Middle East.

The house is a family enterprise, independent of any political party or governmental support. It publishes novels either originally written in Arabic or international ones translated into Arabic. It also houses the prestigious literary magazine "Al-Adab"; a register of all modern writings: plays, poetry, literary critique. It is an open vision of cultural exchange and a weapon against fanaticism and integrism. Al-Adab magazine is totally digitalized and online. 

 :Our Authors

Our list of authors whose novels were translated includes Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, James Joyces, Edgar Allen Poe, Kazantzaki, Mishima, Kawabata, Clarice Lispectore and others. The list also includes contemporary authors such as Elif Shafak, Elena Ferrante, Isabel Allende, Peter Handke, Paul Auster, Ian McEwan, Ismaël Kadare, Haruki Murakami, Samanta Schweblin, Yoko Ogawa, Mia Couto, Marta Batalla, Anuradha Roy, Madeline Miller…

For Arab Fiction, the list of authors is endless; it ranges from classical to contemporary novelists from all Arab countries, many of whom have been awarded international and Arab literary prizes. 

For Beirut remains, in spite of its wounds, the lung of the Arabs. Many authors who struggled to be published in their home country chose Dar Al Adab. Amongst the Arab authors who were published by Dar Al Adab are Elias Khoury, Ala’a Aswany, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Sahar Khalifeh, Hanan El Seikh, Nawal Saadawi, Hoda Barakat (Arab Booker 2019), Jokha Al Harithi (Man Booker International 2019), Khaled Khalife and many others.

Franck Mermier, a French specialist in Arab Publishing, wrote in his book The City and the Book: “Often compared to the French Gallimard, Dar Al Adab is probably the only publishing house that can consecrate the name of a new author, at a pan-Arab level”.

Shortlists and Awards:

  • International Excellence Awards 2020 – The London Bookfair (Adult Trade Publisher Award)
  • Sharjah Award for Best Arab Publishing House
  • Shortlisted in the Sheikh Zayed Award for Best Publisher
  • Received the Medal of the Moroccan Kingdom


Contact us:
Tel.: +961 (1) 861633
Mob.: +961 (3) 861632
Beirut - Lebanon
Sakiet El Janzir
Berlin Street
Beyhum Building - 3rd floor