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Literature in Qatar

Overview

Literature has always been an integral element of the Arabic world, and Qatar is no exception. For many centuries, poetry was the primary form of literature in Qatar, and still enjoys an important place in the nation’s culture. However, more modern types of writing have emerged as central to Qatari literature, such as fiction, short stories, and novels.

With a 97.3% literacy rate, it is no surprise that libraries, writing centers, and publishers have become widespread institutions in the country. Qatar’s literature is rooted in its ancient heritage and tradition combining the old with more modern writing styles to create something that is uniquely Qatari.

Find a brief overview of Qatar’s literary history and institutions below.

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Literature in Qatar