Interview with Fareed Abdal

Title

Interview with Fareed Abdal

Description

Fareed Abdal begins the interview by talking about living near Fireej Shiyookh, Al-Dasma, and later in Fintas. He recalls his childhood memories in Fintas and growing up in a mixed community of hadar and badu. He talks about the different activities he enjoyed as a kid including fishing and horse riding. He describes the fish market in Fahaheel, the environment, and wildlife there.
Abdal discusses the education system in the 1960s and describes how there was a focus on art and immediate interaction with the surrounding environment. He shares his memories of studying in Al-Fintas Elementary School and Al-Fahaheel High School. He speaks fondly of practicing sports in school, participating in plays, and reading books and magazines.
In the 1970s, Abdal talks about getting a scholarship to study architecture in the United States. Moving into the 80s, he focuses on going back to Kuwait, working in the Municipality, and the difficulties he faced working at an architectural consultancy firm. He then delves into his art career and talks about the link between art, architecture, and calligraphy.
The last part of the interview concentrates on the invasion of Kuwait and the first months of occupation. Abdal talks about his personal experience of being married to a Puerto Rican, and the critical situation of foreigners during the occupation. He narrates the story of leaving Kuwait in October 1990 to join his wife and children in Puerto Rico, and then coming back to Kuwait after liberation.

Date

05/11/2017

Format

audio

Language

Arabic

Type

Oral History

Interviewer

Muneera Al-Rubie

Interviewee

Fareed Abdal

Location

Kuwait University, Kuwait

Original Format

audio

Duration

5 hours

Files

Abdalphoto.JPG


Citation

“Interview with Fareed Abdal,” AUK Oral History, accessed August 3, 2020, http://www.aukoralhistory.org/items/show/5.