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Festival | Middle Eastern Culture Market 2019

Arabic poetry: The power of nostalgia

Saturday 30 November 2019
Poetry @ Middle Eastern Culture Market 2019
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Rapenburg 28

This event is in English

In this session, we will look at poetry excerpts from the vast corpus of Arabic literature that addresses nostalgia. Nostalgia includes the longing for a place, a loved one, a language, a memory, or one’s old self. We will see how poets writing in Arabic use nostalgia as a medium of reflection and a motivation for change and emancipation. Reading nostalgia in poetry is important as it highlights the role of poetry and the expression of emotions in documenting the past but also in constructing new personal, social, and political aspirations for the future.

About Haneen Omari

Haneen Omari is a lecturer at the Arabic Studies program and the International Studies program at Leiden University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Arabic literature from Leiden University under the supervision of Prof. Petra Sijpesteijn and Prof. Ziad Elmarsafy (King’s College London).

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