Literature and Poetry

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The Meccan Modernist: Hatem Alzahrani, Poetry, and a New Saudi Synthesis

For Saudi poet Hatem Alzahrani, overcoming dualities is essential when understanding his own work and that of other Arabs.

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Creating Space and Access: Literary Communities and Collectives in the UAE

Emirati poet, writer, and artist Shamma Al Bastaki combines her interests in art making and literature to promote UAE-based authors.

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IN NARRATIVE: Exploring Urban Gulf Spaces Through Fiction

A Kuwaiti-Bahraini duo engages Gulf architects, designers, and the public in bringing the built environment to life through storytelling.

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Expo 2020 Dubai: By and for UAE Youth

Dubai’s Expo 2020 puts young Emirati citizens and residents center stage at the Middle East’s first world exposition.

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Popular Omani Novel Joins Others Exploring Gulf States’ Shift to Modernity

In the year that saw the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, an award-winning Omani novel catches fire in book clubs as it explores the tensions and hopes beneath the surface of the extraordinary changes that the sultan brought to the country.

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Controlling the Narrative: Censorship Laws in the Gulf

Kuwaiti activism against book censorship yields a partial victory, but expression remains strictly regulated through press and publication laws across the Gulf.

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A Khaleeji Majlis in the United States

With the Cultural Majlis, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi aims to bring together the Middle East and North Africa community within U.S. campuses and establish an inclusive dialogue connecting people, ideas, and cultures.

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The Rise of Bidun Literature: Representation and Advocacy in Kuwait

A number of works about the situation of the biduns, or stateless people, have emerged into Kuwait’s contemporary literary scene.

The U.S. Prevented War, Yet Iran’s Strategic Decision-Making Process Remains Flawed

The crisis between Iran and Israel may be contained for now, but the breakdown in decision making that led to the end of Iran’s “strategic patience” carries risks going forward.

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