Sheikha Intisar Al Sabah dreamed of a book that would honor inspirational Kuwaitis who were proud of their heritage and had made great contributions to Kuwait and the world, in part, because of the heritage of being Kuwaiti.
What resulted is the photographic art collection of essays entitled The Alchemy of Wisdom. Interviews with 48 influential and motivating Kuwaitis, accompanied by the insightful portrait photography of Cristian Barnett, are sure to enlighten and make students proud of who they are. Some of the subjects interviewed for their pearls of wisdom are Ms. Laila Al Ghanim, Mr. Mohammed Al Shaya, Ms. Badria Al Awadi, Mr. Naima Al Mutawa, Ms. Fatima Al Essa, Mr. Ghanim Al Najjar, and Ms. Ayeshah Al Humaidhi, to name a few. The book is bilingual, in Arabic and in English, for all to enjoy. The black cover with gold embossing is elegant and formal, a fitting formality for the wisdom contained within its covers.
The Alchemy of Wisdom
Sheikha Al Sabah with Zeina Bitar
Photography by Cristian Barnett
Dekwaneh, Lebanon: Lulua Publishing, 2012.
Review in Kuwait Bazaar Magazine, November 2012