新沙特阿拉伯的现代主义者:文化启蒙的新时代

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  Modernists in the new Saudi Arabia:A new era of cultural enlightenment

  ByHatem AlzahraniSaturday, 30 March 2019

  alarabiya.net

  With aWestern media establishment that devotes coverage to negative stories coming from Saudi Arabia, in many cases to score domestic political points, the cultural reforms taking place as a result of Saudi Vision 2030 are not being given their due weight.

  To appreciate these reforms, one should read them against the backdrop of the Saudi Arabia of previous decades, especially the 1980s and 1990s when a group of Saudi writers and thinkers known as modernists (hadathis in Arabic) challenged literary and cultural norms. These figures imagined a new cultural self-image of their nation, only to be met with calls for their arrest and prosecution on charges of blasphemy and heresy. This was one of the most controversial episodes in Saudi cultural history.

  Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) recently posted a tweet celebrating the legacy of a central figure of that episode, namely the poet Muhammad al-Thubayti, who was hailed as a pioneer of literary modernism in the Kingdom. The tweet was part of a series called Creative Saudis which MOFA updates every now and then to celebrate the works of Saudi writers, poets, and artists.

  #CreativeSaudis| We are proud of the creativity of Mohammed Al Thubaiti. One of the pioneers of modern literature. pic.twitter.com/7gn7bLJFad

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