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Postby OCT » 06 Nov 2017, 14:30

Have they ever produced anything of great cultural worth? *




*I'm not implying that they haven't - I just don't know of much outside of a couple of Booker Prize winners
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Postby Moleskin » 06 Nov 2017, 14:33

Apart from writing, arithmetic and farming you mean?
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Postby Belle Lettre » 06 Nov 2017, 14:36

And poetry and medicine
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Postby OCT » 06 Nov 2017, 14:38

Sorry - I meant over the last 100 years
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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Nov 2017, 14:38

Baklava?
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Postby OCT » 06 Nov 2017, 14:41

:lol:
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Postby nev harp » 06 Nov 2017, 14:43

Belle Lettre wrote:And poetry and medecine


But not spelling.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 06 Nov 2017, 14:47

Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:Sorry - I meant over the last 100 years

Edward Said
Mahmoud Darwish
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Postby Moleskin » 06 Nov 2017, 14:51

Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:Sorry - I meant over the last 100 years


Among those I've read (2 of them Nobel Laureates in literature):-

Naguib Mahfouz
Amin Maalouf *
Orhan Pamuk **

* now resident in France
** does Turkey qualify?
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Postby Moleskin » 06 Nov 2017, 14:55

Edward Said of course!

Indeed I suspect if you'd read Orientalism you wouldn't have asked the question.
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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Nov 2017, 14:55

Borat?
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Belle Lettre?

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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Nov 2017, 14:57

Isn't she half Scotch?
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Postby Belle Lettre » 06 Nov 2017, 14:59

"Scotch"?
Yes. I am.
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Postby Moleskin » 06 Nov 2017, 15:08

Following a wiki wormhole from Mahmoud Darwish...

Abd al-Wahhab Al-Bayyati
Badr Shakir al-Sayyab
Ali Ahmad Said Esber (Adunis) - perennial contender for the literature Nobel, it says here. First nominated in 1988.
Elias Khoury
Saadi Yousef
Khaled Khalifa
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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Nov 2017, 15:09

Booooooring
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Postby Belle Lettre » 06 Nov 2017, 15:18

Red Leb suit you better?
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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Nov 2017, 15:19

Any good middle eastern pop bands?
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Postby OCT » 06 Nov 2017, 15:22

Moleskin wrote:** does Turkey qualify?


I should say not!
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Re: the Middle East

Postby Moleskin » 06 Nov 2017, 15:22

I think the answer to John's question is "plenty, but we don't get exposed to much of it here in the Anglosphere", apart from the Israeli entry to Eurovision.
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