The (Read me I am that book) initiative continues within the project to promote criticism adopted by the Qatari Authors’ Forum, through the knowledge meetings of the Forum that it provides remotely.
Dr. Abdel Haq Belabed, a professor of criticism at Qatar University, explained that this initiative seeks to spread and promote a culture of criticism between writers and authors, and to enable the reader to define a group of books and literary creations, and to taste their artistic and narrative aesthetic. Dr. Belabed provided an overview of the initiative’s guest, the Algerian critic and writer Laeid Jallouli as a specialist in children literature and has interests in criticism and narrative studies, which made his career shine with a number of Arab awards, in addition to supervising many research projects.
For his part, Algerian critic Dr. Laeid Jallouli, presented an approach to short anecdotal texts of Qatari author Muhammad Hassan Al-Kuwari through his anecdotal anthology “She was never her” that was published in 2013. He pointed out that Mohammed Hassan Al-Kuwari is a poet and writer of short story and articles, and his texts are distinguished by the power of narration and photography strongly expressing social transformations or social change in the Qatari society. These changes are the same in all Arab societies due to the great similarity between the past and present of these societies. As the Qatari society is part of the Arab society what is said to describe it is the same as that which is said to describe all Arab societies, so the ruling on the part applies to everyone as established by the inductive approach.
Laeid Jallouli pointed out that his choice of this anthology includes subjectivity and intimacy, as between him and this anecdotal anthology are close ties, a relationship and a bond, as the writer dedicates this anecdotal group to his country, Algeria, and to the children and grandchildren of the million martyrs.
Critic Jallouli highlighted that this anecdotal anthology named “She was never her” includes twelve stories which all revolve around social change that occurred in the Qatari society. He further noted that the topic of social change has been dealt with by thinkers and philosophers from different perspectives and perceptions, and influenced by philosophical and realistic trends in dealing with major facts, or important social problems.
The lecturer touched on the nature of this transformation through a the eyes of a writer living and recording through narration his vision of theses transformations which touch on all patterns of change such as progress, reform and growth.
Jallouli also spoke about the general paths of the Qatari short story monitoring the most important social transformations, in the Qatari society in particular, and the Arab community in general through this anthology as a sample. This is in addition to monitoring these transformations that affected the writers, who tried to be inspired by these incidents and situations and express them through their vision of the universe, life and people, and also out of their own convictions.