Katara Festival for Arabic Novel in its ninth session, continued its many activities; Katara Book Fair attracted audience who loved reading
17 Oct 2023News Event
The first edition of the event featured 23 publishing companies, libraries, and locations interested in culture and history. The Katara Festival for Arabic Novel, in its ninth session, maintained its various activities, while the Katara Book Fair drew a reading-loving crowd. Participating organisations included publishing-related organisations like museums in addition to the thirteen publishing firms and six libraries. Among these groups are the Hassan bin Mohammed Centre for Historical Studies, the International Relations Forum at Katara, and the Qatar National Library's "Qatar Reads" programme.
Exhibitions featuring women in Ihsan Abdel Quddous's novels, creatives, and his history and career were among the events that attracted public interest beyond the festival. In addition to significant posters for films based on Ihsan's novels, these shows featured excerpts from his books and featured artwork by artists in Algeria, Egypt, and Iraq.
Relatedly, in collaboration with the Qatari Arabic Language Association, a symposium titled "Language Techniques in Novel Narration" was hosted in Hall 12 on Sunday. Speakers included Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Selim, an associate professor, and Prof. Moulay Youssef Al Idrissi, a professor of criticism at Qatar University.
Novelist Jamal Fayez chaired the symposium in the Department of Arabic Language at Qatar University, with Prof. Dr. Murad Abdel Rahman Mabrouk, Professor of Criticism and Theory at Qatar University.
Three main topics were covered at the symposium: the first focused on the aesthetics of language construction in Ismail Ghazali's novel "The Season of the Hunting of the Zigzags," a book written in Moroccan. The third axis examined linguistic geopolitics in the Arabic novel in the context of colonial theory, whereas the second axis explored language and imagination in creating the narrative event.