International literature studying the history of epidemics on “Kalima”


Abu Dhabi: «The Gulf»
The Kalima project launched a set of books dealing with diseases and epidemics, past and present, to increase health awareness, develop knowledge related to health matters, encourage a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that reflects positively on society, and emphasize the role of the human being in protecting himself and his community from the risks of infection.
In cooperation with the Oxford University Press, the project obtained translation rights for four books on epidemics from the famous Oxford series “Brief Introductions”: “The Plague” by Paul Slack, “The Epidemics” by Christian W. McMillin, “The Immune System” by Paul Clerman and ” Infectious diseases »by Marta Wayne and Benjamin N. Polker.
The project initiated a translation of a book that was released during the first stage of the appearance of the Corona virus in Italy, entitled “In Infection” by the Italian Paolo Giordano.
One of the classics chosen by Kalima is the translation of Daniel Defoe’s “Journal of the Plague”, to learn about the history of the disease and the ways in which it helped address it and led to his disappearance.

«In infection»

A book that mixes narrative narration, diaries, scientific explanation, philosophical thinking and documentation of events.
He also talks about the pandemic that affected almost the entire world, and the consequent infection.
The writer chose the word “infection” as the title of his work, because of the interconnectedness and communication between humans, regardless of the space and the boundaries between them.

“Infectious diseases

This book reviews the main epidemiological characteristics of infectious diseases, including information on the nature of diseases such as influenza, HIV, cholera, malaria, SARS, swine flu, and Ebola.
The authors conclude that the future free of infectious diseases is unrealistic; Living organisms parasitize each other, and new diseases will continue to emerge as a result of mutations or other factors.

the plague

This short introduction explores the historical impact of the plague over the centuries, the ways in which it was interpreted, and the powerful images it left behind in art and literature. It also examines the possible causes of its periodic disappearance from entire continents.


This brief introduction describes the major epidemics throughout history – plague, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, influenza and HIV / AIDS – highlighting how the biological characteristics of each disease influence the development of the epidemic.
Paul Kleinerman describes the immune system and how it works in health and disease. It focuses in particular on the human immune system, taking into account how it develops, and the basic rules governing its behavior.
As for the book of the Year of the Plague, it is dated in a precise recording language of the plague pandemic, which was called the Great London Epidemic in 1665.


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