Artists and the Arab Uprisings by Lowell H. Schwartz, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini

By Lowell H. Schwartz, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini

Regional artists can play a good position in shaping public debate and aiding democratic transition within the center East. This document explores the demanding situations artists have confronted because the Arab uprisings, U.S. govt courses to aid arts within the area, and the big range of nongovernmental actions to have interaction Arab artists, providing thoughts to enhance aid for those artists.

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S. S. support for artists in the Middle East remains relatively limited and haphazard. S. government departments and agencies are engaged in programs that promote cultural and artistic freedom, there is a lack of strategic guidance and coordination in these efforts. S. pressure on Middle Eastern governments to protect artistic expression and curb censorship. The United States engages in cultural outreach to the Middle East primarily through the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Religious texts 10,000 100,000+ Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi 1. Current events 2. Apocalyptic texts 2,000 5,000–10,000 Al-Ahram 1. Politics 2. Novels 15,000 50,000+ Maktabat al-Falah 1. Islamic texts 2. Academic textbooks 1,000–2,000 10,000 NOTE: Figures are based on in-person interviews with representatives from each of the four publishing houses. The interviews were conducted at the International Book Exhibition in Cairo, Egypt, on January 28, 2012. 25 Early Signals from Egypt’s New Authorities Egypt’s new political authorities have sent mixed signals regarding their positions on artistic freedom.

And because the Egyptian dialect is nearly universally understood in the region, its artists face no linguistic barrier in reaching other Arab audiences. To give a concrete example of the vibrancy of the Egyptian artistic community relative to those of other Arab states, one interviewee cited a fellowship that was offered region-wide for young filmmakers to travel for three weeks and shoot a short film. 38 Conclusion In sum, the Arab uprisings have not eliminated cultural restrictions. Many of the previous challenges persist, including the three-way dynamic in which progressive voices are squeezed between state control and religious conservatism.

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