Guidelines for Participation
Writing and translating articles
Wijdan Cultural Center is pleased to invite writers, researchers and translators to contribute to the center’s cognitive production.
The center aims from this step to enrich The Arabic content in the field of values, as the center sets from a basic question: What is the system of fundamental values that our Arab and Islamic societies need to be able to progress and bring about a renaissance?
From this standpoint, Wijdan Cultural Center identified eight basic aspects for its researches and literature, The Center is working to enrich these aspects through research, articles and producing media content.
Key Questions of the Center
How do we view Human?
Are humans originally honored? Is freedom a right to every human so they unleash their energies and capabilities in different life aspects? Or is the principle to besiege and subdue them to become easy to direct and control? Is the basis of our dealings with each other is compassion? And is justice what governs our attitude and our behaviour? How do we view the areas of justice, compassion, dignity and freedom; and their interrelation with human nature both philosophically and realistically?
How do we view the universe and Nature?
Is man responsible for discovering the secrets of the universe, or is it just an existence that societies have nothing to do with understanding and exploiting it? What is the role of understanding the laws of the universe in the progress of nations? What is the relationship of nature and its secrets with the way we have been raised in our societies? Do our educational curricula and our family incubators enhance closeness to nature or intimidation and distancing from it?
How do we view science?
Is our approach to dealing with reality and its sciences relying on evidence and evidence, or is it adopting preconceived answers, memorizing and repeating them? Is our relationship with science built on criticism and review, or do we adopt axioms as final facts that cannot be examined? Do our educational and work institutions allow its members to ask questions that enable them to explore the unknown and to approach the new and develop it?
How do we view Work?
Is it a relationship of action and its effectiveness, a relationship of withdrawal, or is it confusion and hesitation? Does a human make their own future or are they merely a helpless cog wheel in a large cycle? How can the values of perfection, improvement and quality be activated in the various aspects of our life as necessities that cannot be abandoned to build our progress and renaissance?
How do we view time?
Do we view it as wealth, or do we consider it a burden? Do we spend our time in advancing our present and formulating our future, or in reviving our past and reproducing it? What is the real value of time? How does time influence the progress and backwardness of societies?
How do we view the Hereafter?
Is the Hereafter a psychological drive to master and work in this life? Does good deed, to us, include everything that benefits people and society, or is the matter limited to some individual ritual worship? How can religion be a catalyst to unleash the human’s scientific and cognitive energies and to compete in doing good in various aspects of life?
How do we look to the close Other?
The self has a space between self-respect that leads to respect for the other, or self-sanctification and contempt for the other for sectarian, ethnic or religious reasons. How do we transform the diverse cultural components into one force to build a cohesive society that has common values that enhance its cooperativeness, competitiveness and productivity?
How do we view remote communities?
Is it a view that ranges from constructive cooperation to hostility and belittling? Is our relationship with societies based on acquaintance and closeness to understanding, or on stereotypes and prejudice?
Types of articles:
Intellectual, scientific, literary, religious, historical, and philosophical
Conditions and Criteria for writing articles:
- Should be related to the values and objectives of the center, as described above.
- The idea of the article should be clear.
- Should be free from unnecessary redundancy and repetition.
- Should be written in a fluid and understandable language (ordinary readers and the general public will understand it).
- Should be written in sound and correct language.
- Should include the list of sources, if any.
- Should not be previously published.
- The size of the article should be between one to two pages in Microsoft Word, that is, between 400-500 words in Arial size 14.
- Articles should be sent to: [email protected]
Conditions and Criteria for writing for research: books and studies
- Translation should be a reflection of an understanding of the text, its context, and the ideas it contains, not a literal translation of words and phrases.
- Keenness to convey the meaning that the original writer wanted in the original text, without distortion or changing.
- No legal impediment to translation by the primary source.
- Inclusion of link to the original article.
- Should not be previously translated.
- Should meet all the terms mentioned of writing for the articles (see the conditions above).
- Articles should be sent to: [email protected]
Notes on Remunerations
- The reward will be paid only after approval of the written article or the translation.
- There will be no rewards for general articles. (will be published upon the author’s consent)
- No reward to be paid in case of rejecting the article/translation.
- For more information email: [email protected] [email protected]