His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani, the Minister of Culture, witnessed the inauguration of two new publications within the activities of the Cultural Salon at Doha International Book Fair in its thirty-second edition, which is held under the slogan (By reading, we rise), whose activities will continue at Doha Exhibition and Conference Center until next Wednesday.

The first edition is for a book entitled (Ibn Battuta’s Secret Manuscript.. The Travel of Immortality) by writer and journalist Jassem Salman on the two houses (Al-Watad) and (Al-Rafidain).

The writer Jassim Salman said during the launch of his book that: His book is a historical novel that deals with real events and facts in the formulation of a historical imagination closer to reality, as if it were the actual and most accurate manuscript of the famous Arab traveler Ibn Battuta, considering that the novel is a “rewriting of the history of Ibn Battuta.”

He added that the novel talks about the periods and places that Ibn Battuta and the Mamluk era went through, overcoming the Mongols and the Crusaders, and it also touches on important and thorny issues about how states are formed and many political, geographical and historical matters of a modern nature.

He explained that he sought, through this novel, to uncharted areas and places where travelers wandered, and mentioned minor details so that the narration turns into points of light about many secrets and wonders, in a manner in which literature mixes with art and history.

His Excellency the Minister of Culture also witnessed the inauguration of the book (The Storytelling Growth in Tales of Sinbad) by writer Lubaba Amin Al-Hawari.

The author, Lubaba Al-Hawari, explained that the book is a critical study in which she obtained a master’s degree, and then turned into a book that meets the needs of readers in this aspect.

She added that the study tries to follow the mechanisms of expanding the story in its various forms by adopting the concept of development, which it seeks to develop and deepen in order to be able to absorb the richness and ramifications of narrative forms.

She mentioned that the study adopted the stories of Sinbad as a code for application, because they are a structural part of the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, so the narrative diversity applies to them.