Who the fuck translated this book?

I’ve heard of the book: “Gay Travels in the Muslim World”.

So imagine my surprise when I saw the Arabic translation of the book at Virgin Megastore.

The “gay” had been changed to “shazz” or “deviant”.

So the title is: “Deviant Travels in the Muslim World”.

What the fuck?

Who translated this book? The devil in the flesh…or Nidal El Ahmadiyye?

Akh akh…



As per Mr. George Azzi‘s comment on the LebLGBTMonitor: “The publishers corrected their mistake in the next edition. The writer was of course not aware of the meaning of the arabic word”.

One of the LebLGBTMonitor‘s admins also added:
“I followed the details of this incident from before until after the publication and I confirm that it was unintended and more of a linguistic error. My concern is that the publisher and author had the choice to delay distribution but they decided to go along with it as the books where already printed and it would have costed them a lot to reprint”.


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18 thoughts on “Who the fuck translated this book?

  1. HADY April 23, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    I want the english version of the book. Can i find it in Virgin as well?

  2. LebaGaGa April 23, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Well. I find it stupid and I’m not defending anyone of course but…
    It is called “Gay Travels in the MUSLIM world”.
    The guy who translated it probably thought it would be an appropriate translation given that heavenly religions view homosexuality with negativity…

    Yep. Still stupid.

  3. Ekios April 23, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    Isn’t that written in the book, the name of the translator(s) ?

    • BeirutBoy April 26, 2011 / 1:48 pm

      No that’s the name of the writer. Michael Luongo

      • yasmine April 26, 2011 / 2:17 pm

        With genres such as this, it is very rare that you will find the translator’s name in the copyright page.

  4. Mish April 24, 2011 / 1:01 am

    LOL at nidal l ahmadiyye #latche

  5. Mi7tar April 24, 2011 / 2:40 am

    u r soooooooooooo lucky becuse in lebanon u have the chance to read this book

    sadly deviant = GAY in the arab’s world 😦

  6. LebaGaGa April 24, 2011 / 2:53 am

    I saw the LGBTmonitor post.
    Printing Error? You can’t overlook something in the freaking cover.

  7. jimmy April 24, 2011 / 11:31 am

    This is outrageous ! We should all send mails to the editor , who is the editor of the arabic version ?
    And I don’t see the need for “Muslim world” , he could have said Arab world if he wanted to include us with him.
    How very ignorant of that Luongo boy !

    • BeirutBoy April 26, 2011 / 1:49 pm

      Yeah but Luongo wasn’t the translator, but the writer should have been more careful at the translation.

  8. yasmine April 26, 2011 / 10:53 am

    The thing with translation is that in the end, most titles and content are edited to be more “appropriate” for the market. It is sadly one of the downfalls in publishing in the Arab world.

    • BeirutBoy April 26, 2011 / 1:52 pm


      And I just remembered Maryam Nour when I read ur comment…The way she says “2ikra2ou ya 3arab!”.

      Eh la2 eza heik 3enwein el kteb…eh a7sanlon ma yo2ro.

  9. Marie-H April 26, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    So, now that they have corrected it, what’s the new word they used?

    • BeirutBoy April 26, 2011 / 3:41 pm

      I’m guessing “Methli”…

      • Marie-H April 30, 2011 / 1:44 pm

        Reminds me of when I asked my dad why they use ‘methli’. I was like, “but, dad, doesn’t that mean perfect?” xD
        Well, everybody’s perfect in their own way.

      • BeirutBoy May 1, 2011 / 1:38 pm

        Nicely said 🙂

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