Within the activities of Doha the capital of Islamic culture 2021, the Qatari Forum for Authors launched new publications and books. The publications varied between biography, long and short fiction stories with a realistic dimension, as well as social and economic issues.
At the beginning of the session, Maryam Yassin Al Hammadi, Director General of Qatari Forum for Authors, revealed the launch of 150 books in various types of knowledge and creativity since the beginning of this year, despite the current difficulties related to the Corona crisis, and the postponement of the Doha International Book Fair. She described this matter as a great achievement for the creators who were able to publish their creativity.
Mr. Ahmed Ali Al-Ansari, the former diplomat, presented his introduction to his book “Youth and Talk of Memories”, which tells in two chapters about his sports and diplomatic biography as he worked as the country’s ambassador to Pakistan and several countries. The first part deals with sports and how to enter it in Qatar, while the second part deals with the details of the youth stage, what are their aspirations, and what is required of them to present to the state.
Dr. Imtenan Al-Smadi’s book “The Coat Girl” was launched also, which is a collection of regular short stories with a traditional structure, in addition to 30 short stories, with a modern structural style, not exceeding 3 or 4 lines.
The book “There is peace in my abdomen” was launched by the writer Maitha Sultan, who confirmed that the book talks about characters we see every day, and they are present but we do not pay attention to them. She said that the book is her second edition after “Prisoners of Silence”, adding that the difference between the two versions is great. The first experience is a test case for myself, while in the second experiment, the writer began to identify the things that distinguish her, and she became more versed.
The new books included the book “The Golden Economy in the Time of Caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz, a Strategic Vision and an Islamic Reading” by Yahya Salim. He explained that the book touches the economic aspect of people’s lives.
Dalloul said:” In our current era, there are many good things, but they are wasted and negatively affect people’s lives, which are not free of poverty and inflation. I thought that we should take the experience of Caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz, who led the Umayyad state under conditions similar to those experienced by Islamic countries. He has been able to apply Islamic economic jurisprudence in achieving social justice and equality among people”.
The last part of the session witnessed the inauguration of the novel “When the Chrysanthemum Blooms” by the Algerian writer Sarah Rashidi, who said: that Chrysanthemum flowers express a state of pessimism among some peoples, such as Japan and China, where they plant these flowers in the graves, but European peoples sees it reflects the meaning of fun, love of life, hope and optimism.
She added that the life of the heroine of the story is like that mixture of Asian and European culture, which in its concept is a mixture of suffering, pain, obstacles and challenge, and she has lived conflicts. The writer see that the story addresses a range of issues such as bullying, especially in the school sector, which the heroine was exposed to in school, which made her hate that school.
She also pointed out that the novel deals with racial discrimination in Arab societies between males and females, where children are given priority in obtaining education, due to the scourge of poverty. She explained that the novel was inspired by the Algerian reality after the end of occupation, especially in the countryside, where the society suffers from many fears related to female education and prefers male education over female.