A series of events will take place this month to highlight the importance of literature in the Arab world at the Qatar National Library (QNL)
QNL will host events in January to explore the history of writing and literature in the Arab world with the aim of connecting young readers to past generations through a series of workshops, conferences and community forums that will last until the end of the month.
On Sunday, Dr Nourediine Al Hamidi, professor at Cadi Ayyad University in Morocco gave a lecture on historical libraries in the Islamic world, what they contain, their fate and their misfortunes. On January 15, children are invited to join teachers at Ibn Taymiyyah High School to learn and discuss the importance of reading and how it can influence their personal lives and careers.
The cultural service of the French Embassy in Qatar will participate in an event on January 18 alongside QNL and the French Institute to present “Afkar: Rethinking Art and Philosophy from the Middle East to the West”. The event will host experts who are supposed to debate and discuss the differences between the Middle East and Europe through a concept of “study transfer” which is supposed to contribute to the Arab-Islamic thought process in European intellectual modernity.
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Towards the end of the month, literature fanatics can explore several webinars focusing on Arab-American literature and its influence. These webinars include “Novel and Poetry in Arab-American Literature,” which will be discussed by award-winning authors Helen Zughaib, George Abraham and Sarah MA Gualtieri.
Postgraduate researchers will join the Library’s Science Majlis on January 29 to provide support, tips, and advice on how to progress in their academic journey.
QNL plans to end the month with an exhibit exploring “Arab Immigrants in the United States: Pursuing the American Dream”. This exhibition will explore the journeys of some Arab immigrants and the cultural conflicts they have faced.