New novel that depicts early life in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI — A signing ceremony for a new publication, depicting the early life of the people of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, was held on Thursday at the Cultural Foundation.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Sat 8 Apr 2006, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:50 PM

Held as part of the cultural activities marking the 16th International Book Fair being organised in the capital, the ceremony was attended by Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, a UAE businessman and an advocate of literary and innovative works, in addition to diplomatic corps to the country.

Times of Patience is a new novel written in classical Arabic with 240 colloquial words by the Abu Dhabi-based Syrian author Mariam Mouheldeen Mulla who is famous of her patriotic as well as romantic novels, delineating documented asperities residents of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain had encountered. The female novelist, who is of Kurdish origin has complied, in a historical drama, the vicissitudes the people of the emirates passed through in a chronological sequence that covers the era from 1928-1966.

In an interview to Khaleej Times, the writer said: “The history of the UAE has always been a charming and motivating element for me, especially the apparent contradiction between evolution witnessed in the emirates today and the hardships and challenges people of this country were facing in the past, just to survive.”

However, she said she has not thought of documenting the difficult living conditions the people were suffering.

“Being a resident of the country for the past 22 years, I was able to collect data about the history of the emirates through book-sniffing in libraries. I had to refer to historical documents, manuscripts, research, and even contemporaneous persons,” said Mrs Mulla.

Elaborating on the theme of the novel, she said: “The novel focuses on the reign of Shaikh Shakhbout bin Sultan Al Nahyan for being a pivotal period in the history of the country where many economic and political changes having their impact on daily life had occurred. In the year 1928, the country witnessed grave challenges concerning borders with other countries as well areas of power.”

She said she was fascinated by the visionary character of Shaikh Shakhbout, especially his love for the land.

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