(Abdel-latif Bilal ibn Samar)
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Dídac P. Lagarriga, also known as Abdel-latif Bilal ibn Samar,
was born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1976 from Spanish parents. Since
his childhood he lives in Barcelona.
(in Spanish and Catalan)
-Tombuctú. Archivos de arena (poetry), Árdora, Madrid, 2017
(forthcoming) [Introduction by Ismael Diadié Haidara]
-De tu hermano musulmán. Cartas de hoy a Charles de Foucauld, Fragmenta,
Barcelona, 2017 [Introduction by Javier Melloni; postface by Pablo d'Ors]
Islam visto y no visto, Ed. Bellaterra, Barcelona, 2016.
Apertura de conciencia a través de la ecología y el consumo
halal, Editorial Bellaterra, 2014.
-La vecindad (poetry),
Webislam Libros, Córdoba, 2013.
-Mimar lugares (poetry),
Propost, Barcelona, 2011.
-Afroresistències, afroressonàncies. Teixint les altres
Àfriques (Beca KRTU), oozebap, Barcelona, 2006.
-Hablarlo, (fiction), H2O, Barcelona, 2005.
-Hoy por fin esta calle huele a curry, Edicions Côclea, Camallera,
-[sic] Allò que escolto d'aquella gent que llença frases
(Premio Narratives 0), Eumo editorial, Vic, 2000.
His book (Spanish only) Eco-yihad was launched
on november 2014 by Ed. Bellaterra (Barcelona).
He has participated in some round tables and media about ecology and consumption
from an Islamic perspective. His lecture about halal consumption patterns
opened the «Technical Course on the Production of Halal Food»
hosted by the University of Cordoba and organized by Educaislam on April
2012. Invited by Halal Institute he has participated in the session «Halal,
a global concept» organized by six mosques of Sevilla and on SAHAF,
Sarajevo Halal Forum on 2012. In Barcelona he has participated in
various round tables and lectures on Islam and ecology, history and interreligious
dialogue organized by Catalan Islamic entities (Minhaj ul'Quran; Daara
Murid; Junta Islàmica Catalana...) as well as African & Intercultural
Studies Centre (CEA). He also worked on the boarding team of the 2nd and
3rd International Congress of Islamic Feminism (Barcelona, 2006 and 2008).
Currently he collaborates with Madrid based FUNCI (Fundación de
Cultura Islámica) at the Publications area.
Publisher, editor, translator
In 2005 he founded oozebap,
a Barcelona based non-profit organization dedicated to the study and dissemination
of cultural, spiritual and social aspects of the African continent and
the Islamic world. He directs the publisher house of the organization,
one dedicated to Islam and one to Africa.
Since may 2014 he co-directs Dar
Lugar, a quarterly paper magazine in Spanish about interfaith, intercultural
and intergenerational dialogues.
Since June 2014 he coordinates (and writes for) a weekly 2 pages section
in ARA catalan newspaper
about spirituality and interfaith dialogue.
Chief-editor of blingual (English/Spanish) e-journal AYAT
by FUNCI (Fundación
de Cultura Islámica), Madrid, 2016.
He usually collaborates with articles in various media and has received
several research grants related to contemporary culture in Africa and
one to study the links between religion and contemporary Catalan art from
the Cultural Department of Catalonia's Government. He has translated many
books of essays and biographies for various publishers.
As a poet he has participated in numerous lectures since 1995. His latest
books (both in Spanish) are 'Mimar
lugares' (2011) -a compilation of 5 years of writing poetry- and La
Vecindad (2013), a long ecopoem after an encounter with a Senegalese
murid community in the diaspora.
When he was 15 years old he left the school and got into spirituality,
literature, notably poetry, and art, expressing himself with different
media: experimental poetry, sound-art, photography, video-installations,
performances... After some years exhibiting his work and touring all Europe
with his sound-art project Un caddie renversé dans l'herbe, Dídac-Bilal
accepted Islam in his late twenties and decided to stop for a while his
artistic career, devoting his time to study. In 2005, founded his own
publishing house, oozebap, with books
on Africa and the Islamic world. Now he is father of two children and
tries to combine all his particular trajectory with other forms of expression
and relationship, starting again his approach to art, notably through
photo, video and sound.