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Alaa Al Aswany [electronic resource]

DR TV (Television station : Copenhagen, Denmark)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In the early years of his dental practice, Alaa Al Aswany had an office in Cairo's deteriorating Yacoubian Building-eventually turning his experiences there into a successful novel by the same title. This interview with the Egyptian author highlights his views on social issues affecting the Islamic world as well as his attitudes towards literature and the West. Guiding viewers through his favorite haunts, past and present, among the streets of Cairo, Al Aswany addresses several topics-including the 2005 Danish cartoon controversy, the damage caused by stereotypes, and the author's belief that dictatorship, not fundamentalism, is the "disease" which Egypt and other Islamic nations must cure.
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29 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 06, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Two Important Books in Muslim World (0:57)
  • Egypt: Police State (1:09)
  • Egypt: Societal Inequities (1:00)
  • Novel as Scathing Commentary (1:11)
  • Control of Egyptian Authorities (0:53)
  • Tour of Cairo (0:59)
  • Role of Religion in Egyptian Society (1:00)
  • Dangers of Wahhabism (0:55)
  • Political Suppression in Egypt (1:07)
  • Value of Literature (1:03)
  • Making of Terrorists (1:56)
  • Film Speaks to Illiterates (1:42)
  • Voice of Literature (1:08)
  • Literature's Value (1:05)
  • Stereotypes (1:02)
  • Young Egyptian Writers (0:56)
  • Mohammad Cartoons (1:36)
  • Disrespect for Religion (1:11)
  • Clash Between the West and the Muslim World (0:59)
  • Fanaticism: Osama bin Laden and George Bush (0:55)
  • Criticism of America's Foreign Policy (1:06)
  • Literature and Social Change (1:31)
  • Value of Literature for Social Change (1:21)
  • Literature for Justice, Beauty, and Peace (1:33)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
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  • 40646s Films Media Group
  • 40649 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (29 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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