Authoritarianism and conservatism have long been dominant forces in the Arab world, leaving artists to tread a delicate path – female artists especially so. Has that changed as a result of the tumult and chaos caused by the Arab uprisings? Stephen Sackur speaks to the Kuwaiti painter and poet Shurooq Amin. Has there been a cultural as well as political awakening in the Arab world?

Dr Shurooq Amin graduated from Warnborough College in 2007. She is a passionate believer in women’s rights as well as in creative expression.

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