The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has recently released a new book, titled Riwayat Al Shabab Fil Emarat: Dirasat Wa Abhath (Novels by Young Authors in the UAE: Studies and Researches), written by a group of researchers. The book is a compilation of the various studies and researches that were featured in a symposium previously hosted by Al Owais Cultural Foundation under the same name. The researchers who have contributed to the book include Mr. Ibrahim Al Hashemi (The Lure of Publishing: The Emirati Novel between Quantity and Quality), Mr. Abdul Fattah Sabry (The Emirati Novel: From Narrating Water and Desert to Narrating the Self), Dr. Saleh Howeidi (The Strong Presence of Women in Emirati Narrative Discourse: Author Fathiya Al Nimr as a Model), Dr. Amina Thiban (A Pearl is in my Mouth: Chronicling Water Through Narratives), Mr. Sameh Ka’wash ( Young Novels Rather than Young Authors: Guardian of the Sun, a novel by Iman Al Yusuf as a Model), Dr. Ahmed Al Zaabi (Horizons of the New Emirati Novel: Your Eyes Hamda and Tawiy Bakhita as a Model) and Mr. Islam Abou Shkeir as Model (The Emirati Novel and New Foundations: One Room is Not Enough by Sultan Al Amimi as a Model).
Moreover, the new book includes testimonials by Emirati authors including “Pleasure or Impact” (Abdullah Al Nuaimi), “Right Choices” (Fathiya Al Nimr), “The Ego Question and Setting” (Reem Al Kamali), “Opening Windows and Doors” (Iman Al Yusuf), “The Obsession of Writing” (Badriya Al Shamsi) and “The Responsibility of Writing” (Mariam Al Ghafli).
The book is 23rd publication published by Al Owais Cultural Foundation within its “Symposiums” book series. It is worth mentioning that the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation had hosted the “Novels by Young Authors in the UAE” symposium from 26-28 September, 2017, where it featured a collections of studies, researches and testimonials by a constellation of Emirati and Arab critics, authors and novelists who gave an analysis of the development of the “novel” genre in the UAE, and how it has gained great popularity in recent years.
The introduction to the book read:
The cultural arena has been filled with many names that assert their existence through writing. Some of these names have gained a wide readership and others are still finding their way. Because the presence of such a great number of novel enthusiasts will inevitably affect other creative genres, the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation found it imperative to hold discussions and seminars that allow critics to give their opinion about the tens of novels that were published during the past decade. Criticism has the ability to determine the features of each writer and understand his/her position in relation to his/her contemporaries. We understand that this process takes time in order for creativity to settle in its rightful place.
Hence, in this book we present a collection of researches, and stress the importance of symposiums, seminars and discussions and their great impact on the study of the “novel” genre in the future. For those who missed attending the “Novels by Young Authors in the UAE” symposium, we present them in this book the complete collection of researches and studies by the critics and authors who took part in this symposium. We hope that they find them useful and interesting.
The new book includes 210 medium-cut pages and is the 23rd publication published by Al Owais Cultural Foundation within its “Symposiums” book series, which aims at documenting various symposiums hosted by the Foundation and offering them as a reference for researchers and culture enthusiasts.