My two cent. Reading your request, my first impression is that there is probably a big gap in the info (about the actual title, correct spelling of the author's name, and the name of the publisher / printer in India, the most important). And, hence this book is not visible to at least four eyes, as of now.
Extract from this above site:
Worthy of special mention is Taleb Omaran from Syria, who was born in 1948 and is a
lso regarded as a pioneer of Arabic SF. By August 2005, his bibliography included 45 novels and short story collections. Omran has a doctorate in Astronomy and presented a science
programme on Syrian television for more than 14 years. He is currently head of the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the education faculty of al-Rastan.
After his debut "Planet of Dreams" (1978), novels like "In Transit Behind the Sun" (1979), "There are no Poor People on the Moon" (already in its third edition 1983, 1997, 1999) or "Fountain of Darkness" (1995) followed. The novel "Secrets from the City of Wisdom" (1985) was translated into English in 1992 and published in India. After that, his novels and short story anthologies were published in three main batches by the Islam-oriented Dar al-Fikr publisher in Damascus. They are usually between 100 and 150 pages long and cost US$2 to $4. Per
haps the statistics do reflect a genuine trend of growing interest, for only four books were published in 1997, while the number rose to eight in 1999 and twelve in 2004.
With this find, you will have to go back to worldcat and check again by title, name, etc. Wonder, if you have checked Contemporary authors, MLA Bibliography, or any other index of authors to get the correct name and bibliographic details. I would even look at, if I had access to, Indian Books in Print for this book.
As a last resort, you may correspond / consider, passing on to the inquirer, the blog address of a Science fiction blogger in India (who does cite Taleb Omran): http://samitbasu.com/--and
who is likely to know the exact bibliographical details of the work, as well.
I will keep looking, in the meanwhile.
, Dr. Mohamed Taher
See my recent blog post (one is on 'Stay in India for free via blogger Web site;' Bangla and Bangalooru: The Phonetic Similarity in Jeopardy; Forthcoming Events in India and Malaysia
Brenda Bickett <bickettb-eicrhRFjby6OECnbzgFItQ@public.gmane.org> wrote:
A patron is searching for an English translation "Secrets from the City
of Wisdom" by Talib Umran, published in India in 1992; this is cited in
a scholarly paper on a German website (paper is in English). WorldCat
doesn't list any English translations of Umran's books. Perhaps someone
out there in MELANET land can give me a lead
on this? Of course, if you
have it, we would be interested in borrowing via ILL.
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