Shaping the Middle East: Dubai Abulhoul & Sir Simon Mayall
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:30-18:30
Session No: 283
Have the gatekeepers of Middle Eastern history and literature reported its stories accurately and responsibly? What role does the West have to play in shaping the Middle East’s current narrative? How do we bring about a shift in the discourse that dominates the Middle East? What can be done to dilute the hegemony of colonial literature? And what steps must be taken to bring equity to the silent voices of the East? In this intriguing open dialogue, Dubai Abulhoul and Sir Simon Mayall come together to discuss and challenge personal and global perspectives of the Middle East.
Dubai Abulhoul is an Emirati author, Rhodes Scholar, and founder of Fiker Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank based in Dubai. She has recently published a series of six children's books, aiming to introduce key figures of Emirati folklore to younger generations, and to preserve Emirati folktales, which have only been passed down verbally from one generation to another. Her list of publications also includes academic articles, and a debut novel.
By family background, academic inclination, and professional necessity, much of General Simon Mayall’s 40-year military career was marked by a focus on the Middle East, and his experience and understanding of the region is long-standing and deep. He has a BA in Modern History, specializing in Crusading history from Balliol College and an MA in International Relations at Kings College, where his thesis was on Jihad philosophy and the Civil War within Islam.
This session is moderated by Saeed Saeed
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