As a part of the activities of International Day for Cultural Diversity and Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021, the Qatari Forum for Authors held a symposium entitled “Writers and Authors from My Country” moderated by Buthaina Abdul Jalil.
The symposium was hosted by the Kuwaiti professor and writer, a researcher, specializing in Kuwaiti women’s affairs, Abrar Ahmed Malak, Professor Awatif Abdel-Latif, a Sudanese writer and media, and a community and human rights activist, Syrian writer and poet Samar Al-Shishakly, and Lebanese writer and researcher Mona Bapti.
At the beginning of the symposium, the writer Abrar Ahmed Malik highlighted the emergence of many of the pioneers of the literary movement in her country during the past decades, such as Sheikh Abdul Razzaq Al-Basir, the writer Fahd Al-Duwairi, and Hamad Al-Rajeeb, and others, indicating that women had a great role in the literary movement in Kuwait, especially Professor Sabiha Al-Mashary, the writer Fatima Al-Ali, as well as the late writer Hidayat Al-Sultan.
Abrar chose five personalities in particular to speak about them in this literary session, they are the writer Fahd Al-Askar, the writer Khaled Saud Al-Zaid, the writer Iqbal Al-Gharaballi, the poet Ghanima Zaid Al-Harb and the writer Munira Abdul-Rahman Al-Eidan.”
For her part, Professor Awatif Abdel-Latif considered that “it is impossible for us to speak today without saluting the Palestinian revolution, in which writers, poets and writers contributed to conveying the details of the Palestinian issue to the world,” reviewing the path of Professor Tayeb Salih (the Sudanese writer and one of the most famous Arab writers who was called by critics The title “the genius of the Arabic novel”), and the Sudanese poet Muhammad Al-Fitouri, nicknamed the poet of Africa and Arabism.
The Syrian writer and poet Samar al-Shishakli also expressed her happiness to participate in this important event, which sheds light on a group of writers who have given a lot to their country, stressing that she found it difficult in the beginning when choosing who to talk about, especially since the successes in all areas of literature in Syria are many.
She noted that the Palestinian issue occupied an important focus in the Syrian writings, just as those writings also focused on several topics, most notably the human being, nature and various national issues, as the writer Samar was chosen to talk about both the writer Shahla Al-Ajili as well as Qamar Al-Kilani and her daughter Lina Al-Kilani, and from the poets the poet Omar Abu Risha, and among the novelists, View of Halloum.
Turning to the Lebanese literary scene, the writer and researcher, Mona Bapti, confirmed that all Lebanese writers worked under an Arabic umbrella and they transgressing the borders of their main homeland, especially what was achieved through the writers of the Diaspora.
Mona chose to talk about Gibran Khalil Gibran, noting that he was a writer who crossed the borders of Lebanon when he spoke in a tongue of every Arab, and his words carried values and love.
She pointed out that the outcome of Gibran’s writings was a harmony with nature, and with all that is beautiful in life, stressing that the Lebanese literary scene benefited a lot from the various cultural movements in the Arab world.