Kuwait bea­con of Arab cul­ture: Nov­el­ist

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Kuwait is a bea­con of Arab and Is­lamic cul­ture, which played a ma­jor role in spread­ing Arab and Is­lamic cul­ture, Kuwaiti nov­el­ist Taleb Al-Re­fai said on Mon­day. In a state­ment made on the side­lines of Aseela’s 39th In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture fo­rum, Re­fai added that what makes Kuwait be­come such im­por­tant player was its ini­tia­tive since the 1960s through is­su­ing var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions, mag­a­zines, and books.

Re­fai pointed out that these pub­li­ca­tions, which con­tinue to this day and are dis­trib­uted in Arab coun­tries at nom­i­nal prices have placed Kuwait’s on “Arab cul­tural mem­ory for the en­tire gen­er­a­tion,” re­fer­ring to some pub­li­ca­tions like Arab mag­a­zine, world of knowl­edge, the world of thought, world cul­ture, and the world theater. He stressed that these is­sues would not have con­tin­ued with­out the cli­mate of free­dom and open­ness en­joyed by the State of Kuwait, point­ing to the em­brace of many Arab in­tel­lec­tu­als of Kuwait as a cen­ter of cul­ture and en­light­en­ment in the Arab world. Re­fai stressed on the sup­port of the Kuwaiti po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, led by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to cul­ture in Arab coun­tries as the ba­sis of Arab unity and a key en­try point for achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. On Sun­day, Re­fai par­tic­i­pated in a sym­po­sium en­ti­tled ‘Con­tem­po­rary Arab Thought and the Re­li­gious Is­sue’ at the Fo­rum dur­ing which he re­viewed the as­pects of the Kuwaiti model in open­ness and tol­er­ance, stress­ing that Kuwaiti so­ci­ety is tol­er­ant and open to the oth­ers.

ASEELA, Morocco: Kuwaiti nov­el­ist Taleb Al-Re­fai par­tic­i­pates in Aseela’s 39th In­ter­na­tional Cul­ture Fo­rum.

—KUNA

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