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Jabbar Jamal Gharib discusses language and storytelling in the Torah

Kurdish novelist Jabbar Jamal Gharib./PRESS PHOTO

The Kurdish Globe

"This book is my ideas about the art of storytelling,

Kurdish writer and researcher, Jabbar Jamal Gharib, delivered a seminar on Wednesday July 11th 2012 in the Wafayee House, a literary center for gathering writers and readers where literary and intellectual issues are discussed.

The seminar was about Gharib's last publication in Kurdish language under the title "The stories in Torah". Gharib talked about the importance of the Torah's text and labeled it as the oldest text that has been able to preserve the best storytelling style and in a very good language.

Gharib said, as he has also written in his book, "this book is my ideas about the art of storytelling, the role of language in the development of the intellect of the nations, the deep secrets of myth and the impact of this great art on shaping the life of humans, and it is also a continuous search about the relations between religion and myth."

Gharib, who has a significant role in writing Kurdish stories and novels and has published numerous unique and nice novels, put a special emphasis on "The Stories in Torah" in the seminar and for any story in the book, he had a short description or explanation in his own words. As per the majority of the attendants, these very words of Gharib need a deep analysis to understand the soul and philosophy behind the stories in Torah.

The author addressed four stories in Torah, Adam and Eve, Habil and Qabil, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Lot.For each,Gharib had his own reading and explanation and explained that the characteristic that all these stories have in common is the use of the word "prohibited", "the word all the religious texts are based on and without this word religion will lose its core meaning."

"Adam and Eve's story is about tabooing fruits, Habil and Qabil's story is about hatred, the Prophet Lot story is related to turning back and in all of them prohibition is an idea that is the core of the stories and without the taboos, the stories cannot continue till this age, "Gharib told the audience."

Gharib added "this is what makes these stories immortal as the language and setting techniques in the stories are very special and modern, something which has kept them alive to date."

After Gharib delivered the seminar, the attendants started to comment and question about the book which mainly addressed the linguistic and storytelling part of the text that should be present in a literary text, i.e. novel, story and tale, then the myth that is related to the stories will have more impact in making a religious text like Torah important.

The book "The Stories in Torah", which is a window towards the examination of myth on storytelling in the religions, has been published in 1000 copies by the Khani Printing House in Duhok. The cover is designed by BasimRassam and the design of the texts is done by AkarJalilKakawaisi.