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Contributions of the late Hossam Al-Khatib to the language in a lecture at the Academy of the Arabic Language in Damascus


Damascus, SANA- The late Arab writer and critic, Dr. Hossam Al-Khatib, contributed during his literary and intellectual career that he spent


The late Arab writer and critic, Dr. Hossam Al-Khatib, during his literary and intellectual career, which he spent writing, composing and translating, contributed to enriching the cultural scene and the literary movement with dozens of solid books, which constituted a qualitative addition to the Arab library.

The contributions of the critic al-Khatib in the service of the Arabic language were talked about by Dr. Abd al-Nabi Astif in a lecture hosted by the Academy of the Arabic Language in Damascus, stressing that he was a great researcher and intellectual, who combined research, study, criticism and authorship on the one hand, and between public work as a teacher, editor, university professor, scientific administrator and active parliamentarian at the level Qatari, Arab and international on the other hand, in addition to his contributions in the field of research in which he worked for more than six decades.

Astif, one of the students of the late al-Khatib, dealt with the love of his first teacher, which was manifested in Arabic fictional prose in Syria, which began early with a literary investigation he published in the Arab Teacher magazine in 1966 on the book The Syrian Story, and led him to go to study the course of this story between 1937 and 1967, in His doctoral dissertation awarded to him by the University of Cambridge in 1969, in addition to publishing a number of important articles and studies on foreign influences in the Syrian story in Al-Maarefah magazine, among other achievements.

After that, Asif moved to Al-Khatib’s love for comparative literature, theoretically, practically, and historically, as he combined the Arab and Western cultures, using his knowledge of English, which he studied as language and literature, and French, which was his third language, in addition to his many travels to most parts of the earth over four decades, in which he knew a wealth Human diversity is politics, thought, culture, art, literature and a way of life.

The critic Astif drew attention to Al-Khatib’s success in introducing the comparative literature course at the University of Damascus in the license program in Arabic Language and Literature for the first time in 1972, and he wrote the book Comparative Literature in two parts, indicating that despite his preoccupation with Syrian Arabic fictional prose and writing in it and developing its production, he also worked for the sake of The issue of comparative literature, where he completed several comparative studies of modern Arabic literature.

Dr. Astif indicated that Al-Khatib's communication with Western culture in particular and international culture in general was continuous, and his studies in Britain and his many travels to various capitals helped him as a lecturer or a second participant, as well as his translations and reviews of other translations, and his recent participation in translating the Encyclopedia of World Literature into Arabic.

And that Al-Khatib never stopped looking at the Qatari literary phenomenon studied within the framework of the Arab national literary phenomenon, even in his study of fictional prose in Syria, in which he spent more than four decades, in addition to his endeavor to highlight the Palestinian identity threatened at various levels by the Zionist enemy. Al-Sharas maintained this intimate organic relationship between the Palestinian Arab literary contribution and modern Arabic literature.

Shatha Hammoud

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