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Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001

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The value of freedom the writer against the establishment

The value of freedom the writer against the establishment

(p.72) 4 The value of freedom the writer against the establishment
Egypt's Culture Wars

Samia Mehrez

American University in Cairo Press

Sonallah Ibrahim was honored as one of the Arab world's most distinguished novelists, at the closing ceremony of the second International Conference on the Arab Novel. During his speech, Sonallah struck a sensitive chord: the dependence of the cultural field on the political one. In the Arab world, cultural figures are predominantly civil servants of the state, so long as they are intelligent enough to respect the unpredictable boundaries of the political game. Such is the dominant model to which Sonallah is an exemplary exception. It is precisely his distance from this dominant model that has allowed him to assume his “responsibility” as an Arab writer whose creative work is engaged, indeed saturated with, “contemporary individual and national issues”.

Keywords:   Egyptian Opera House, Arab community, Sonallah Ibrahim, Abab Novel Award, Amrikanli, prison diary

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