It is nice to go back and visit again the Egypt of the 19th century as this book was first published in 1908. I am impressed with his detail and preciIt is nice to go back and visit again the Egypt of the 19th century as this book was first published in 1908. I am impressed with his detail and precision and his eye for details. However, the book has a colonial spirit that can be felt here and there. For instance, if people get some kind of an eye infection, he would call that "plague". I myself get a bad case with allergy in North Carolina, US, and I wouldn't dare call it "a plague". But given the mindset of that time period, one can't help but smile and applaud the author for his great, encyclopedic work. Surely you can download a free copy of this gem of a book from this link:
The book has some paintings with philosophical, intelligent insights on them that aim at getting the reader to think. Where is the therapy promised inThe book has some paintings with philosophical, intelligent insights on them that aim at getting the reader to think. Where is the therapy promised in the title of the book? I expected a book to heal me from within through the medium of art....more
When you talk about us Arabs, you are talking about people? So why the academic hogwash? I had higher expectations from the author. The first 14 pages When you talk about us Arabs, you are talking about people? So why the academic hogwash? I had higher expectations from the author. The first 14 pages are dry and completely unnecessary. The book is written as if it is a study of cultures or something. This can easily make a book boring. Look at Edward William Lane and his book on Egypt. He lets you feel as if you are living with the Egyptians and they are real people. But Margret here talks about Arabs as a case study, not people of flesh and blood. Too much theorizing and development this and development that! My head! She writes about basic Arab values in five points. Are we taking notes for class? Is that how much help I am giving to an American who wants to get inside the Arab mind? These are points but the points could have been made into stories and given some flesh and blood and make the points come alive. I feel like the book is written for a bunch of college students who are take down their notes and the test is coming soon and be careful or you will get an F, and focus on the notes, and leave alone the teacher and her hairdo as she is teaching....more
عندما تقف أمام طود شامخ في الرواية والأدب واللمسة الإنسانية ورهافة الروح ورقة القلب وصدق الأحاسيس وشاعرية اللغة ماذا تبقى لك لتقوله؟ تعجز عن تقييمه ومعندما تقف أمام طود شامخ في الرواية والأدب واللمسة الإنسانية ورهافة الروح ورقة القلب وصدق الأحاسيس وشاعرية اللغة ماذا تبقى لك لتقوله؟ تعجز عن تقييمه ومن أنا من الأساس حتى أكتب تقييم لعمل مثل موسم الهجرة للشمال للطيب صالح فهذا رجل أقرأ كل حروفه وأنا مأخوذ تمام الأخذ بما يكتب ويمكن أن أمضي الساعات الطوال في قراءة جميع ما يكتب ودون أي ملل.. صعب علي أن أكتب تقييم لعمل مثل هذا وأنا في عالم الطيب صالح أسبح سباحة وأتلذذ بحروفه وكم تمنيت لو لم أني أضيع الوقت فيما مضى في كتابات ناس يظنون أنهم روائيون وأعمالهم ملل وكآبة دون هدف واستمناء عقلي في أفضل الظروف.. الطيب صالح يجعلني أشعر أني معه من أهل السودان قلبا وقالبا وينقلني لروائح البيت وروائح النساء والمسبحة من خشب الصندل في يد الجد والنساء اللواتي يجلسن في العصاري ويتفحشن في المزاح وكل هذه الأحوال التي نشأت أنا شخصيا ضمن إطارها في القرية بمصر وقلت: السودان هي مصر ومصر هي السودان وفجأة بدأ قلبي يخفق خفقانا كونيا بما تضج به الحياة في السودان وكأني مولود في السودان .. وكأني واحد من أهل السودان.. كل هذا يفعله الطيب صالح بك كقاريء وأكثر!! فاحترس على نفسك من سحر هذا الرجل العملاق العجيب الأديب الروائي الطيب صالح.. من السودان يخاطب الكون ويحتوي الكون بداخله.. هذا رجل كان فيما مضى مدير قسم الدراما بالبي بي سي ويقبض على ما يكتب ويعرف جميع أدواته معرفة رائعة بديعة يدق بها القلب....more
This is one of the most enjoyable biographies I have ever read. I have always heard of Mircea Eliade. I once went to share with a brother who was a miThis is one of the most enjoyable biographies I have ever read. I have always heard of Mircea Eliade. I once went to share with a brother who was a missionary to Muslims, as I once was a Muslim, and he now is New Age, and more of an Agnostic. We both enjoyed sharing. He told me about things he gleaned from this biography. I got jealous as usual and decided to read what he also was reading. I check out the book from the seminary library and could not put it down. Everything about Mircea Eliade's life captivates my heart, from how he grew up in Romania and with simple means he worked hard till he became the great legend that he currently is. .It is sufficient to say that he is considered the father of comparative study of religion. I would look at the books he also read and get jealous once again and try to read what he also read. As a result of a book like this I became determined to read a list of books that Eliade liked and helped in shaping his thought life. I will always for instance remember fondly Raffaele Pettazoni and his super delicious article on Monotheism, Giovanni Papini and my determination to read his last Magnum Opus "Universal Judgement" in Italian, etc. Many dreams to pursue. Books like that helped me dream more and be more driven academically....more
In the Koran, women are said to be a tilt for their husbands to be plowed. Al-Baqara 2: 223 says, "Your women are a tilt for you" But how can a man plIn the Koran, women are said to be a tilt for their husbands to be plowed. Al-Baqara 2: 223 says, "Your women are a tilt for you" But how can a man plow his wife's private parts erotically?! One has to get into the heart of the ancient Middle Eastern culture (civilizations of the Near East) and stop and listen to Inana:
The High Priestess, acting for Inanna, is speaking to Dumuzi the new king.
My vulva, the horn, The boat of Heaven, Is full of eagerness like the young moon. My untilled land lies fallow. As for me, Inanna, Who will plow my vulva? Who will plow my high field? Who will plow my wet ground? As for me, the young woman, Who will plow my vulva? Who will station the ox there? Who will plow my vulva? The symbolism is, I hope, obvious to you. If you've ever looked at an anatomical picture of the female reproductive system, you may have noticed that the vagina is shaped like a horn, it curves upward and narrows towards the back.
On the male side, an old time plow (not the modern day tractor type) had a long, hard projection that pushed into the ground. Dumuzi, the king replies: Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva, I, Dumuzi the King, will plow your vulva Inanna accepts him saying: Then plow my vulva, man of my heart Plow my vulva. Then follows more details of the happenings
My eager impetuous caresser of the navel, My caresser of the soft thighs; He is the one my womb loves best, My high priest is ready for the holy loins. My lord Dumuzi is ready for the holy loins. The plants and herbs in his field are ripe. O Dumuzi, Your fullness is my delight. The high priestess then directs things to be readied Inanna called for the bed. Let the bed that rejoices the heart be prepared Let the bed that sweetens the loins be prepared Let the bed of kingship be prepared! Let the bed of queenship be prepared! Let the royal bed be prepared! This bed was set up in front of the entire congregation. The people watched the entire ritual including the sexual part.
He shaped my loins with his fair hands, The shepherd Dumuzi filled my lap with cream and milk. He stroked my pubic hair. He watered my womb. He laid his hands on my holy vulva, He smoothed my black boat with cream, He quickened my narrow boat with milk. He caressed me on the bed. The King went with lifted head to the holy loins. He went with lifted head to the loins of Inanna He went to the queen with lifted head. He opened wide his arms to the holy priestess of heaven. We rejoiced together. He took his pleasure of me. He laid me down on the fragrant honey-bed My sweet love, lying by my heart, Tongue-playing, one by one, My fair Dumuzi did so fifty times. Now, my sweet love is sated.
As a Christian, I was so afraid to even touch a book like this. But I knew who Colin Wilson was and enjoyed his intriguing style. I read the Occult an As a Christian, I was so afraid to even touch a book like this. But I knew who Colin Wilson was and enjoyed his intriguing style. I read the Occult and could not put it down. It is a really excellent book and it shows you what the human psyche is capable of, which brings to mind books of Tony Buzan who wrote the BBC use your mind series. You will not sin if you pick up such a book and plunge into it and see what the word "OCCULT" really means, apart from the phobia and hysteria that is attached to it in conservative Christian circles....more
As an Arab, I am amazed at this author what genius he has in presenting the Arab mind as if he is an insider himself. He talks about Al Fahlawi for inAs an Arab, I am amazed at this author what genius he has in presenting the Arab mind as if he is an insider himself. He talks about Al Fahlawi for instance, the typical Arab who is praised for his wit and cunningness in being such a con artist. If you say to my father that so and so is a fahlwai, he would smile and say, good for him; such a clever man! This is by far the best book I have seen in English written about my people, the Arabs. If you have one bit of interest in the Arab people, you should by all means get your copy of this book and don't hesitate to email me or contact me directly. I will be at your service. Your Arab friend in North Carolina,
May be people living in the DC area would find a book like that striking a cord with them. I live in the South and it was hard to relate to what he isMay be people living in the DC area would find a book like that striking a cord with them. I live in the South and it was hard to relate to what he is saying to NC. The author tends to exaggerate sometimes in an attempt to be humorous, and I guess that is the whole purpose of the books, to invoke a smile and a laugh here and there. Journalist type of books. A lot of what he made fun of I found silly and more of a convenience than anything. ...more