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George Bernard Shaw and the Arab East

Auther : Shfik Fiadh

 
 

The paper focuses attention on the Islamic themes in Shaw’s writings, and on the vast reputation the Irish dramatist enjoys in the Arab world. This treatment from an Arab perspective is designed to fill the gap created by the utter neglect of any scholanty considerations of Shaw’s interest in Islam and Arabs.

The paper emphasises that much of the attraction for Shaw has been initiated by the political and tragic events of the dinshwai incident of 1906. It was the stormy protest and rebellious defiance of cromer’s rule in Egypt registered I the lengthy preface to john Bll’s other island that brought Shaw so very close to the hearts and minds of the Arabs everywhere.

Furthermore, the paper points to the role-played by Salama Muss, a progressive Arab writer, in championing and popularizing Shaw in the Arab East.

The paper also stresses that Shaw’s historic encounter with the legendary figure of Lawrence of Arabia in 1922 and the years of productive literary cooperation that followed, must have intensified.

The paper concludes with a witty and artificial playlet in which Shaw voices his views on an extremely vital Ara issue. That is, the question of Palestine. Pointing to the Balfour Declaration at the end of the playlet, Shaw makes this memorable observation: “Another Ulster As if none were not enough: Being extremely short the playlet is reproduced in full.

 
 

 

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