Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center marks World Poetry Day with the launch of a new literary series “Oyoon Al-Shae’er Al-Arabi” (Eyes of Arabic Poetry) and an evening of poetry


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Abu Dhabi: On the occasion of World Poetry Day, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, hosted a virtual poetry evening to announce the launch of ‘a new series of Arabic poetry called “Oyoon Al-She”. er Al-Arabi ‘(The Eyes of Arab Poetry), which will include masterpieces from the pre-Islamic era to the present day. The new series will deal with topics such as Glory, Harmony, Pride, Loyalty, Night, Rain, Ruins, Tolerance and more, and will be released in stages, starting with 30 topics that will be published in 30 books during the first phase. , with the aim of publishing a total of 100 books.

Speakers at the poetry evening, held on March 21, were Dr Dheya Al Kaabi, professor of literary criticism and narrative and modern narratology at the College of Arts, University of Bahrain, Emirati poet Amal Alsahlawi, Dr Yousef Hamdan, Professor of Modern Literary Criticism in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Jordan, Poet and Academic Dr Maha Al-Atum, Professor of Modern Literature and Criticism in the Arabic Language Division of the Center Linguistics from the University of Jordan; and contemporary Egyptian Poet Dr. Alaa Janab, Professor of Literature and Criticism at Al-Azhar University in the Faculty of Arabic Language of the Department of Arts. The session was moderated by Bahraini poet and presenter, Dr Parween Habib.

His Excellency Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, said: “Poetry is considered a basic literary component of Arab culture, as Arabs see it as a repository of wisdom and a tool to express their pain and hope. In pre-Islamic times, Arabs celebrated their own poets, as they became spokespersons for their tribes, who documented the achievements of their people and stood up for those tribes if and when needed. Arab culture is one of the few in the world that has preserved its poetic heritage through the ages, and we can clearly see the presence of poetry in almost any Arab environment. And that’s what inspired us to create this series, which is published by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center in conjunction with World Poetry Day, which falls on March 21 each year, with the aim of ‘educating Arab readers on the mysteries of their own poetic heritage, as well as celebrating the beauty of poetry and highlighting the changes that have occurred over the ages.

He added: “This series is prepared by eminent professors of Arabic literature, who will conduct extensive research on a variety of literary and heritage resource books, and we will do our utmost to ensure novelty and originality of their material. contents. The series will be published in paperback form to be accessible to all readers, along with audio, digital and other activities.

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About the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, strives to support the development and modernization of the Arabic language through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, to enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote Arabic language proficiency and cultural understanding, and support Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, editing, scientific research, the arts and content creation.

The Center strives to realize its fundamental vision through dedicated programs, human expertise and significant partnerships with the most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions in the world.

About the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s broader global ambitions Dhabi. By working in partnership with organizations that define the emirate’s position as a premier international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate efforts and investments, propose innovative solutions and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the people, heritage and landscape of the emirate. We are working to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of unparalleled authenticity, innovation and experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thinking.

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