Anasy Media

Discussion Hour

The Discussion Hour cultural gatherings launched in 2017, continue Anasy goals in presenting an avant-garde kind of intellectual communication, relying on the interaction among the members of the program including university lecturers, professors and specialized researchers, by creating an atmosphere of fun that truly feeds both the intellect and spirit together. Throughout its gatherings, Discussion Hour series prepared and moderated by journalist and media coordinator, Fatma El Nazoury, highlight a number of topics related to the eastern culture and identity.


Points of discussion:

  • Signs that reflect the existence and prosperity of ancient Arab markets, such as the region’s geography, civilization and culture, religious beliefs, and others.
  • The features and characteristics that characterizes the Arab person nowadays, and the extent of their impact on the markets? What is the area of the presence of Arab women in the markets?

Presented by Dr. Parwin Nuri Aref, a senior expert in heritage and university professor.

Points of discussion:

  • Is there a common element among the characters of One Thousand and One Nights, such as taking risks or triumphing over falsehood? How did the tales of One Thousand and One Nights employ imagination, and what is the role of imagination in beautifying or changing reality?
  • Where did the names of the characters come from? What are the people who are represented in many stories?
  • What is the importance of the stories of the One Thousand and One Nights and the secret of their attraction? Why did it become global and out of its local environment?

Prepared and presented by Designer & Curator, Cristina Maria Curciur

Points of discussion:

  • Symbols and inscriptions found in these mosques and the secret behind the existence of these symbols. Is its presence intentional and deliberate or coincidence?
  • Did the symbols in the mosques help bring people together?

Presented by Professor Ibtihal Al-Jafri

Points of discussion:

  • What are the shrines of the people of the household and the righteous saints that you want to visit? Why? To what extent do these religious places reflect the culture and customs of the society to which they belong?
  • Some shrines have geometric designs and aesthetic shapes, so is this a major factor behind the tourist attraction, away from the religious dimensions?

The Discussion Hour gathering honoured by the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, who gave a speech about the importance of tolerance.

The seminar was attended by Professor Aisha Ahmed Al Hosani

Points of discussion:

  • The concept and types of tolerance.
  • Why do we tolerate? What are the ways and steps to achieve self-tolerance?
  • What is the effect of tolerance on the human psyche?
  • How is self-tolerance reflected on the surrounding people and society?

A Panel Discussion about the "Flashes from the History of the Abbasid Islamic Endowment and Andalusia"

Dr. Iman Ahmed Muhammad Khalil Al-Hashemi - Assistant Professor of the Department of Islamic World Studies - College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University participated in the seminar.

Points of discussion:

  • Definition of the endowment, its virtues, its purposes and its types.
  • Diversity of endowment images in the Abbasid and Andalusian era, and drawing a picture of the cultural, intellectual and economic level that society achieved by mentioning the testimony of some Western scholars of the well-being and progress that the Arabs achieved.
  • How to activate the endowment and benefit from the experiences of the past and the West.

A group of doctors, professors and specialists were invited to participate in the discussion:

Dr. Iman Al-Hashemi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Islamic World Studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University.

Dr. Alaa Al-Taie, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah.

Dr. Muntaha Al-Ajili, Professor in the College of Education for Human Sciences, Department of History at Diyala University.

Dr. Suad Zayed Al-Arimi, Professor of Sociology at the College of Human Sciences at the Emirates University.

Abdullah Al Muhairi, a researcher in genealogy and local history - member of the content committee, Director of the Emirates Human Genome Project.

Saeed bin Khamis Al Suwaidi, a research expert at the National Archives.

Dr Maryam Muhammad Matar, founder and chairman of the Emirates Genetic Society.

Dr. El-Tayeb Bouazza, Professor of Higher Education at the Regional Centre for Education and Training Professions in Tangiers.

The topic of this seminar required a pause because it represents a goal for all of humanity, as it searches for the origin of creation, creation and identity, and its topic was a focus of interest, study and research in the history of the Arabs, in order to document part of the history and identity in a literary and scientific manner, in contrast to the prevailing stereotype.

The date of the discussion sought to present a rich scientific research material worthy of being presented to university officials to assure them that the time has come to return to the study of this science as a branch of the human sciences, a science that was once of great importance to the Arabs because it enhances our identity and Arabism, and to assure the whole world that we are a civilized state interested in science, and to apply the saying and title of the episode, genealogy introduces the characteristic of cultural and scientific prosperity.