Kuwaiti Professor: Qatar’s role is important in enriching culture and critical studies

02 June, 2021


Dr. Suad Al-Enezi, Professor of Critical Studies at Kuwait University, praised Qatar’s support for culture and the enrichment of the Arab critical movement.
She stressed on the necessity of catching up with knowledge, reading and thinking, also opening the way for critical and interdisciplinary studies through several tracks to serve the Arab culture.
She said that the Arab world is in need of acceptance of the other, and that all the problems, whether political, social or intellectual, that it is experiencing indicate the necessity of believing in the right of others to differ and to coexist with this difference within the principle of mutual respect, and in this way we can live in a comfortable human space.
This came during the session “Cultural Studies: In the identity and the Other” that hosted by the Qatari Forum for Authors, within the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021.
During the session Al-Enezi said that the isolation caused by (Covid-19) crisis was an opportunity for reflection, review, and follow-up the lectures and intellectual forums.
She added :”This case came as a grant for reading and answering many questions, and I became more comfortable on the psychological side, and my desire to be more productive increased”. She pointed to the need to intensify critical discussions to achieve a better understanding, so that we can bridge intellectual gaps and differences, and also enrich Knowledge of critical schools.
On how she reached the cognitive path to move from modernity to beyond, she explained that she engaged in meditative reading and intellectual discussion of critical theories, until she accumulated experiences, and the passion for knowledge.
With regard to the critical conclusions that I reached through the book “The Arabic Novel between Imagination and Reality,” Dr. Souad said that she always tries to address major research and important figures in the critical field, such as Edward Saed, Amin Maalouf and others.
In this context, she added: “I found in the West a directive to read the thought of these two writers in the critical and literary fields, and i discovered their defense of Arab identity, and their bias to defend identity from a humanitarian standpoint”.
She emphasized that Saed and Maalouf meet on an important point, which is they are intellectuals in the west and they were active in their new societies, and have benefited from many available data to form the identity and add to other cultures.
Regarding her latest critical project, which is published this year “Women in Virginia Woolf Room,” the professor of critical studies at Kuwait University said :”This book deals with the critical approach between Virginia Woolf and May Ziadeh. I did not expect to write about them one day”.
She added: “I found many points of convergence between Virginia and May Ziadeh after in-depth research. Both of them talked about the same things and issues but in a different language and in a different way for a different reader as well”. She mentioned that human suffering was a common denominator in the life of the two writers