Qatar’s young generation can act as bridge between East and West

June 20, 2011

The young Qatari generation is able to play an outstanding role as a bridge between the East and the West through their educational and cultural strength, said an academic at Education City.

“I think the young educated Qatari generation can play a major role in commuting between East and West, between the primary language and technological culture of their education and their native culture as Arabs and Muslims,” Amal Mohammad Al Malki, Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, said.

“They have acquired the right tools through their education such as critical thinking, ethics, cross-cultural training that they combine with the inherited principles of Islam and the wisdom of local traditions,” she said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

Al Malki’s research interests include relations between the Muslim world and the west.

Qatari youth are an amalgam of the right ingredients for establishing healthy connections and conversations with different cultures and show keen interest in writing and expressing their views and making their voices heard, she said.

“This educated generation does not subscribe to the clash of civilization paradigm and instead believes in tolerance and the power of conversation,” said Al Malki, the only Qatari professor in the Education City.

“There are many forums that proved attractive to the younger generation, through which they express themselves and their ideas openly like social media- blogs, Facebook, and Twitter,” said Al Malki, who teaches a writing course that is a combination of creative and technical writing and who edited a book based on the course entitled ‘The Writer’s Craft’.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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