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The Changes in the Saudi Cultural Scene

An Article by: Hassan Mashhour

Translated by: Nahid Khalifa

Saudi society has gone over the years through a series of transformations that have affected many of the structures of society, including those dealing with culture in more than one field.

From the complete prohibition of photography, to allowing photography for necessity, all the way to photography exhibitions, there is more than one story that is worth telling.

That was the same time when musical instruments were considered as a means for the domination of the devil over our thoughts, which will lead to the prevalence of sins in society. Then came the time when it is normal to hold concerts for Arab singers and artists, it is really confusing how our life keeps twisting.

Moreover, when we think about the inferior view that was directed towards women, and then how they were empowered in many different areas, we get surprised by the magnitude of the transformation of the Saudi cultural structure.

Indeed, the scale and speed of these transformations, along with a combination of legislative, economic and social systems as well as project accomplishments, paint an abstract picture that there is a new Saudi Arabia in the process of formation.

It is worth contemplating that this process of modernization is what makes some people confused, who see sticking to the past as the most effective way to survive. Using mind and the logic, we will realize that the way history and logic work associates with the principle of evolution and societal transformations, or as our brothers in Egypt say: «every time has its way».

حسن مشهور

حسن مشهور مفكر وأديب وكاتب صحفي. كتب في كبرى الصحف المحلية والعربية منها صحيفة جورنال مصر وصحيفةصوت الأمة اللتان تصدران من مصر بالإضافة للكتابة لصحيفة العرب ومجلة الجديد الصادرة من لندن والتي تعنى بالنقد والأدب. ألف عشرة كتب تناولت قضايا تتعلق بالفكر والفلسفة والنقد ترجم عدد منها للغات حية أخرى كما نشر العديد من الدراسات الأدبية والأبحاث في دوريات علمية محكمة ، وقدم العديد من التحليلات لعدد من الفضائيات والصحف العربية.

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