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Cairo skriver, Beirut udgiver, og Bagdad læser, lyder en gammel arabisk vending. I dag har Beirut stadig en sprudlende forlagsbranche med ca. 400 forlag. For mens mange lande i Mellemøsten er underlagt stærk statslig censur, giver Libanon fortsat rum til at skrive om trekantstabuet: sex, religion og politik. Især til glæde for de saudiarabiske kvinder, som er blandt dem, der læser mest.
Forfatter: Mette Høyer Eriksen, Foto: Flickr/Shrooq
Udgivet: 19-08-2014
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Beirut er Libanons hovedstad og har ca. 1,9 mio. indbyggere. Byen huser samtidig omkring 400 forlag.

En lang række forfattere fra hele Mellemøsten har igennem tiden søgt tilflugt i Beirut, som er et mellemøstligt fristed for kontroversielle røster.

Styreformen er tilnærmelsesvis demokratisk, og magtbalancen er fordelt mellem landets mange forskellige sekteriske grupper.

På grund af landets placering ud til Middelhavet har landet i århundreder fungeret som én af Vestens primære indgange til det øvrige Mellemøsten. Først i 1943 ophørte den franske tilstedeværelse i Libanon. På den måde er Beirut også historisk et center for globalisering.

 

Links:

Se ​Ahlem Mosteghanems site
ahlammosteghanemi.com


Læs også The Year of Reading (Arab) Women

arablit.wordpress.com

Se Hayfestivals præsentation af 39 forfattere under 39 hayfestival.com

Læs interview med Joumana Haddad i WoMen Dialogue
womendialogue.org/magazine

”Ja, selvfølgelig, denne vej”, siger boghandleren og lader noget i sit smil vide, at det ikke er første gang, han hører den forespørgsel. Han rejser sig lidt besværet fra sin plads bag disken og viser så hjemmevant gennem én af Beiruts mest velassorterede boghandler vej til hylden med romaner af Ahlam Mosteghanemi.



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