Azazeel: Inclination for Freedom

REFORM Implements a Book Discussion on: “Azazeel”

Promoting Literature in Refugee Camps

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development conducts a cultural session to discuss the book entitled: “Azazel” written by the Egyptian author, Yousef Zedan. This session comes as part of the cultural center’s activities that REFORM carries out in numerous Palestinian refugee camps, such as Balata Camp, to develop the capabilities of young participants. There was a number of project beneficiaries, including social and political activists, who participated in the book discussion at the People’s Committee in Balata Camp.

History and Arab-Islamic Heritage

The novel took place in the fifth century between Alexandria, Egypt, and northern Syria. It is a translation of a collection of scrolls written in the Syriac language that was found in Syria near Aleppo. The participants discussed the importance of the novel in understanding the Arab-Islamic heritage and how this understanding is not far from Christianity. The young men and women also focused on the power of language and the novel’s creativity. Further, they stressed the necessity of reading and understanding history because it contains lessons that can assist us with our every day life and enlightens us with wisdom. The participants also discussed the religious and political movements along with the dialectical relations between them through the novel’s character, Heba

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This session comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalised groups in order to formulate public policies that are responsive to youth and women’s needs. The project also aims to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps and to develop the internal procedures and practices of these associations in order to ensure good governance practices. Thus, social and cultural cohesion will be increased amongst the different social components and collective Palestinian identity will be promoted.

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