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Of writing, culture and the Arab world

The colonialisms of old may have long gone but new colonialisms have come in their stead, appropriating cultures and insidiously informing the narratives of many a post-colonial society.
In the session, ‘Writing the Arab World’, featuring writers from the Levantine countries of Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, it was argued that contrary to Western readings, ‘culture’ in the Arab world is thriving, even if Europe and the US may have little idea about such a reality.
“In Palestine, because of the denial of existence, there has been a flourishing of the arts,” told Raja Shehadeh, eloquent Palestinian lawyer and writer. “After 2005, there was an attempt to wean people away from political activism to cultural activism. And in the last few years, due to funding and encouragement, an infrastructure for culture has been created.”
Shehadeh spoke of a dance festival and the opening of art galleries as consequence of this emphasis on humanities.
While claiming that Arab culture or language was not under threat, Shehadeh said that he had no qualms in writing in English. “Because understatement can only work in English, not in Arabic,” he revealed.
“But writing is about first understanding and then communicating what is happening—to reduce confusion,” he said.
Source : timesofindia



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