Emad Hajjaj does, what I personally consider, the best social commentaries on Ramadan in the Arab world, especially in Jordan. They portray Jordanian society in all its aspects. From the workplace environment with the angry boss who hasn’t had a cigarette, to setting new working hours according to who’s fasting and who’s not, to the attractive women in the workplace that may make Ramadan harder and our TV-culture.
It’s interesting to note that while most of the classic Abu Mahjoob caricatures during Ramadan were commentaries about the general social survival of the Holy month, Hajjaj began to switch gears a little in recent years. Since 2005 or so, Hajjaj has tried to find some humor in the insane socioeconomic climate, where people cannot afford Ramadan anymore. Prices are too high, and wages are too low. Yet, people will still tend to go overboard with the purchase and consumption of food, accordingly with the local culture of Ramadan.
Hajjaj accurately displays the conflict, or the rather the struggle between this overbearing culture of consumption faced with the overbearing unprecedented socioeconomic realities.
Hopefully I’ll get to write a post on the topic later on this month, at least in a way that I haven’t before. In the meantime, here’s a collection of Hajjaj’s post-2005 work that I think best describes that struggle: