Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arts and Culture

Art and culture was one of the main strands of the Nahda. As a space of social and political relevance, art assumed an important role in interpreting social reality. The exposure to and introduction of new forms of art provided artists with innovative means of self-expression and creativity. Similarly, Arab writers began to use new literary forms to address themes and effects of change and reform.  

Proponents of the Nahda advocated for multiculturalism. By opening to and interacting with other cultures combined with the revisiting of their own Arab cultural heritage they believed that the resulting cultural diversity would lead to their own cultural enrichment.

ARDD will monitor the current use of art and culture as a manifestation of social and political reality. In particular, it will encourage youth to use these as a means to address the current political and social challenges they are facing.