Hamad Bin Khalifa University discusses the issue of authenticity and imitation in Andalusian literature

28 March, 2021

Within the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021

Omaima Al-Hardalo: Opinions about creativity and imitation in Andalusian literature are different

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University remotely organized, yesterday evening, a lecture entitled “Andalusian Literature between Being Influencing and Being Influenced” via the “WEBEX” platform. The lecture discussed the Andalusian era, which was one of the greatest eras that passed in the history of Arab and Islamic civilization. The lecture was organized within the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021.

Dr. Omaima Al-Hardalo, a first teacher of the Arabic language, at the Institute of Translation Studies of the College of Humanities and Social Studies, said that Andalusian literature has not received the full study it deserves so far; the study that corresponds to the greatness of its literature and to its abundance of production.

She stressed that almost all researches and books that dealt with Andalusian literature highlighted the issue of authenticity and imitation between Andalusia and the East. In fact, the attempt to identify the manifestations of creativity and imitation in Andalusian literature was one of the major issues that occupied Arab and non-Arab literary critics and historians.

Dr. Al-Hardalo emphasized that the opinions about the nature of Andalusian literature differ. The first point of view believed that the Andalusian literature simulated the eastern literature. The second point of view enriched the novelty and innovation of Andalusian literature, while the last point of view mediated the matter, which was proven by several factors, as that civilization was a result of a pure Andalusian environment and it was not restricted to the eastern one but it aimed to spread its influence as a great creative nation beyond its borders. It has become a beacon of thought and civilization, and it has left its impact on contemporary Western civilization.

The first teacher of Arabic language at the Institute of Translation Studies indicated that rulers were among the most important influences on Andalusian literature, as they had great influences in shaping literary and critical tendency in Andalusia. Moreover, rulers had formal practices in directing Andalusian literature to the outskirts of virility, majesty and depth.

You can watch the full lecture at the following link:

https://youtu.be/UOGFBNn1e1o