Georges Henein

Ireceived this from the French Cultural Center. There is a tribute to George Henein on the 25th of June at 7 pm. It was my first time to hear about him, so I thought to seek some light:

Henein, Georges (1914-73). Egyptian poet, editor, and journalist. For over a decade (1937-48) Henein led an active Surrealist group in Cairo, keeping up its contacts with the main movement and writing many poems, tracts, manifestos, and short stories (Déraisons d’être, 1938; Pour une conscience sacrilège , 1945). After a rift with Breton , Henein created a more informal and eclectic grouping, centred on the journal La Part du sable, where Egyptians figured alongside French writers such as Bonnefoy, Henri Thomas, and Jean Grenier . When, like his Jewish friend Jabès, Henein (a Copt) bowed to Arab nationalist pressures and left Egypt in the late 1950s, he turned to political journalism. Although from 1956 he eschewed publication, he never stopped writing creatively, and the works published since his death, including Pour un pays inutile (1977), La Force de saluer (1978), and L’Esprit frappeur (1983), have attracted increasing attention as they reveal an unusual alliance of intellectual brilliance, polemical drive, and poetic fancy.

He seems to be very well-known in France and not here in Cairo!!!! That’s very weird!! So Did anyone read for him anything??

I found an interesting blog post by Mr. Samir Gharib.  I have to quote him saying: ”

الخلاصة أن جورج حنين قام بدور مزدوج شديد الأهمية في تاريخ الإبداع المصري الحديث : فتح فيه عالما جديدا من الأفكار والتصورات والأساليب ذات الوهج الثوري والحالم في آن . وأدخل هذا الإبداع من جهة أخرى في آتون حركة الفن العالمية بما جعله جزءا منها ، وجعل مبدعين مصريين متميزين معروفين في أوربا ومشاركين في نشاطات ثقافية طليعية فيها .


RIGHT NOW What do I need?

I need a cup of Marmareya tea while sitting in El Karm.

I need a warm phone call or SMS.

I need a deserted beach.

I need a hug from my mother.

Cairo’s Fête de la musique 21-6-2007 was a memorable day. After work I went to Sakiat el Sawy to attend the opening of a friend’s exhibition (it was beautiful!). Had to run back home to change clothes. My initial plan was to pass by El Orman garden to check out the concert, but it would have been a suicide. I was barely able to go home and then head to the Citadel for Souad Massi’s.

Aslan I live close by el Orman Garden, so the day before I woke up at 3 am to the sound of the testing of the sound engineer ! I can’t say that I was very annoyed, but it was really weird.

Anyway, so I went to the Citadel. IT WAS CROWDED !!! I can’t beleive it that I parked the car that far from the place. I was very late and almost had to run, only to find a huge crowd standing by the gate, I thought that there was a demonstration or something, but it was just the crowd wanting to get inside.

I heard from a guy leaving the place that the security refused new entrance !! Elhamdlelah I managed to squeeze inside, and was able to take few pictures as well.

Tab3an her songs were amazing. But I confess that I didn’t enjoy them as much as I wanted to. Many of my friends didn’t want to come, also I was more concerned with taking pictures, and every now and then I would leave my camera and feel the music.

Later on there was a Sa3idi band. They were amazing. At exactly 11 pm they started singing, only to find that Souad continued singing (bena`an 3ala raghbat el gamahir)… Okay, I admit that I was more interested in listening to her songs, but they were already starting !! VERY bad organization!!

Back to that band. They were amazing! The songs, the dance, the costumes,,,, were beautiful!

Bottom line: I expected more from this day, but despite all the troubles, it was a good day filled with music. 🙂

The Sabeans

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَى وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

Those who beleive (in that which is revealed unto thee, Muhamman), and those who are Jews, Christians and Sabeans whoever beleiveth in Allah and the Lat Day and doeth right surely their reward is with their Lord, and there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.
Al-Baqarah 2:62 

I was reading this verse, and it caught my attention. Sabeans are totally different from the Abrahamic religious. So,,, who are the Sabeans? I found an article about them in Wikipedia, it was informative, but I felt it was a bit complicated for me. Here is the part I was able to digest well, and hopefully I will have time to find more info from other sources about them and their book The Zabuur…

Sabians (Arabic: صابئين, Greek: σεβεοι/σεβομενοι, Yiddish: תושבים) are adherents of religions derived from the beliefs of a community which was based in the area of ancient SubarTu…. The Sabian faith is also known as Seboghatullah, meaning “submersion in the divine mystery”.

The Sabians existed before Muhammad, and are said to have read from a book called the Zabuur (i.e. the Psalms)….

Under sharia, the Sabians form a protected religious group (along with Christians and Jews).

Many Islamic writers from the period of about 650 CE onward gave further descriptions of the Sabians. They wrote that the Sabians lived in Iraq around Sawad, Kutha and Mosul and they “wash themselves with water” and had “long hair” and “white gowns”. They had a monotheistic faith with religious literature (the Zabuur) and acknowledged the prophets. Their theology resembled that of Judaism and Christianity yet were neither, nor were they Magians.

According to Islamic scholars,[1] they did not reject the Prophets of Islam but neither did they regard it as obligatory to follow them. According to the Hanif Sabians, whoever followed (the Prophets) may be blessed and saved, but whoever follows a path similar to that of the Prophets by virtue of one’s own reasoning is also blessed and saved, even if one did not follow the Prophets in specific terms. In their view the call of the Prophets was true but there was no one specific route to salvation.

(I tried to find any picture of them but wasn’t successful 😦 )

Quotes from “Letters to a Young Poet”

I still didn’t read the book yet, I just found some interesting phrases in Wikiquote… Enjoy! 

“Young people -it is obvious -cannot achieve such a relationship, but they can, if they understand their life properly, grow up slowly to such happiness and prepare themselves for it. They must not forget, when they love, that they are beginners, bunglers of life, apprentices in love- must learn love, and that like all learning wants peace, patience, and composure.”

“Someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life and reality: the female human being.”

Oh….. and by the way, yesterday I turned 24 🙂

Aghany 3an el 7ayah…

Two songs on my mind these days:

I listen to the wind
To the wind of my soul
Where I’ll end up well I think,
Only God really knows
I’ve sat upon the setting sun
But never, never never never
I never wanted water once
No, never, never, never.

The Wind – Cat Stevens

I really loved the first part of the song. very spontaneous. But I really don’t understand the second part of “I’ve sat upon the setting sun, but I never wanted water once”.. What does he mean by ‘water’ here?!!

كام سؤال بنسأله لبعضينا علي اللي كان واللي رايح واللي جاي
والجواب صعب إنه يرضينا ولوغريب نقول إزاي
وأه منك يا كلمة ياااه

و كف بيجرح كف من الحياة
غريبة والله يا كلمة ياااه
وحسك قلبي لما الفرح نداه
مش من السهل تلاقي حد يريحك ولو بيحبك ممكن جايز يجرحك
لما يجي يحاول مرة يفرحك يرضي حلمك بكلام بكرة يجرحك

وأه منك يا كلمة ياااه

كام سؤال  – محمد عدوية

I wasn’t really into Mohamed Adaweya’s songs, but this one is really nice. “how many questions we ask ourselves about the past, the present and the future. And the answer may not satisfy us. And if it was odd, we’d say How come!”… Again there is a part which I really can’t absorb: “it’s not easy to find someone who would comfort you, and if he loves you then he may hurt you. When he tries to make you feel happy, he’ll satisfy your dream with words that may hurt you tomorrow” !!! Ya salam !! I really can’t beleive in this at all!