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Volume :27 Issue : 101 2001      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

THE MORAL AND SOCIAL APPROACH IN EL-BASIR’S WRITINGS

Auther : By: Dr. Mohamed Hassan Abdallah

Abd El-Razzaq El-Basir (1919 – 1999) was a Kuwaiti intellectual who witnessed the birth of modern Kuwait and major social changes that the establishment of the modern state brought in.

The school of thought that El-Basir was one of its exponents called for reconciliation between national and Islamic beliefs and modernist Western thoughts.  His attitude remained Islamic in essence with an inclination to pick out the Western ideas that go with what he believed in.

He wrote a number of articles addressing different issues that were later published in books.  That is why they dealt with a diverse topic among which was literary criticism, his primary concern.  These articles revealed the immense influence of the ancient Arabs’ literary heritage on El-Basir and a familiarity with Western schools of thoughts.

Being deeply immersed in his forefathers’ traditions, his critical approach was social and moral.  It reflected thorough knowledge of sociology and philosophy and clearly emphasized the message of the writer in relation to the social problems of his time.  Clarity of style and highlighting the feeling of patriotism are among the values that El-Basir’s articles always stressed.

He was an active member of Kuwait Literary Association and a correspondent member of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo.  His contribution to Kuwaiti journalists was outstanding, the articles he wrote after the Iraqi invasion on Kuwait revealed striking awareness of the problems of his society especially the sufferings of the Kuwaiti youth.

The origins of El-Basir’s intellectual background can be traced to his study of the glorious Quran, Islamic theology and logic.  He was well read in ancient Arabic poetry and some translated Western books.  He was actively involved in the political scene in Kuwait yet he was a meticulous observer of political events outside his country.  In everything he undertook, he was an unyielding advocate of justice, democracy and pan-Arabism.  And for this noble mission he devoted himself.

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