The 173rd issue of Doha Magazine for March was recently published by the Department of Publications and Translation at the Ministry of Culture, featuring a range of diverse cultural topics. The editorial of the issue, written by Khaled Al-Awda Al-Fadhli, Editor-in-chief of the magazine, is entitled “Culture and the Suspended Dream”, and discusses the role of culture in achieving world peace and ending conflicts and wars. The writer affirmed the State of Qatar’s keenness to enhance joint cooperation in the cultural areas with a view to protecting common Islamic cultural heritage, ensuring cultural and intellectual security, and redressing misconceptions about Islam, its culture and civilization. This is driven by the belief that human and Islamic values and ideals represent a strong catalyst for enhancing solidarity and integration among peoples. It is also driven by the role of intercultural dialogue in combating the phenomenon of abuse of civilizations, cultures and religions, which would reflect positively on strengthening the bonds of friendship, supporting bilateral relations and making cultural action an engine for human development.
In this regard, the writer drew attention to the many agreements concluded by the State of Qatar in the field of cultural cooperation, and the Years of Culture Initiative, which was launched in 2012 and continues to date.
The new issue of the magazine also dealt with a number of topics, chief of which are the publications of Katara Cultural Village related to the novel: “Science fiction literature”, “Enlightenment thinkers, can they be considered environmentalists?” “In the era of digital economy, the art of picture stories has turned into a pseudo-commodity”, and “The Great Resignation Movement and expectations of expansion to the rest of the world.”
In its March issue, Doha Magazine interviewed a group of authors and artists from the Arab world, including the Syrian poet Saad Eddin Kulaib, the Palestinian filmmaker and novelist Fajr Yaqoub, in addition to translating intellectual and philosophical dialogues of Western writers, including Catherine Hayhoe, the chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, and the philosopher Philippe Descola, French professor of cultural anthropology, and Jürgen Habermas, German philosopher and sociologist.