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Modern Literature of the Gulf


Barbara Michalak-Pikulska

This book contains a selection of texts in Arabic Languages from the Gulf countries.
The preceding study describes the beginnings of the literary movement in the Gulf region and presents the range of problems that appear in the regional literature. In this young and unknown literature reference is made to history as well as to social, political and cultural changes taking place in these countries. Without profound knowledge, a full understanding of the significance would be impossible.
The selected works have intentionally not been translated to allow the reader an independent analysis. The author offers an outline of modern short story writing from the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Emirates and Kuwait) for all those interested in modern Arabic literature.
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State of Kuwait


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ثريا البقصمى - الكويت

عَروس القمر

(نشرت في مجلة الرائد سنة 1971)

وقفت أمام المرآة تصلح من وضع زينتها ، ثوبها الأزرق المذهب … تحتضن بحنان مشطا فضى اللون … هاهى تتركه يسبح وسط شعرها الفاحم الطويل . فيما مضى لم تعرف الطريق الى شعرها سوى المشوط الخشبية ، التى يجلبها التجار من البصرة … أما هذا المشط الفضى فلقد جلبه والدها من الهند وأهداه لوالدتها ليلة عرسها ، والليلة زفافها ولهذا أصبح المشط من نصيبها .

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