Hamas and Art
I am anxious to see how this plays out. In the most direct attempt by Hamas to bring their rigid interpretation of Islam into the Palestinian public square, the Hamas-run Education Ministry has banned an anthology of Palestinian folk tales because it reportedly contains sexual innuendo. Hanan Ashrawi, that stalwart from the days of the PLO, is enraged, calling the ban “outrageous.” “If this is what is to come, it is extremely alarming.”
The anthology was put together by Sharif Kanaana, a novelist and anthropology professor at the West Bank’s Bir Zeit University, and by Ibrahim Muhawi, a teacher of Arabic literature and the theory of translation.
Will Palestinian and Arab intellectuals please stand-up?
(Incidentally, you can get your very own copy of Speak Bird, Speak Again, over at Amazon. The book was initially published in 1989 by the University of California Press. But if your sensibility demands a new copy, it will cost you dearly.)