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Street Art of Resistance

Basma Hamdy’s chapter “ The Arabic Language as Creative Resistance” was published in the book Street Art of Resistance edited by Sarah H. Awad and Brady Wagoner published in London by Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The chapter investigates Arabic language and its role as a symbol of power and identity, connecting together a number of creative manifestations that utilize Arabic as a tool of resistance. It illustrates how artists and writers utilize the Arabic script beyond its decorative and aesthetic function and challenge its reduction to a mere accessory to structures of power.