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تدور أحداث الرواية في القرن الخامس الميلادي ما بين صعيد مصر والإسكندرية وشمال سوريا، عقب تبني الإمبراطورية الرومانية للدين المسيحي، وما تلا ذلك من صراع مذهبي داخلي بين آباء الكنيسة من جهة، والمؤمنين الجدد والوثنية المتراجعة من جهة أخرى.

"ما أظن أني تمتعت بعمل من هذا القبيل.. ما أروع هذا العمل"
-- يحيى الجمل

"هذه الرواية عمل مبدع وخطير، مبدع لما يحتويه من مناطق حوارية إنسانية
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Paperback, 470 pages
Published 2009 by دار الشروق (first published 2008)
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Huda Aweys فعلا اوافقك الرأي تماما .. فهي لم تصل لعتبة فلسفية او روحية ، هي فقط تدور حول الغريزة و التحرر من المسئولية و الهروب من الحقيقه .. و تمجد كل هذا و تسب…moreفعلا اوافقك الرأي تماما .. فهي لم تصل لعتبة فلسفية او روحية ، هي فقط تدور حول الغريزة و التحرر من المسئولية و الهروب من الحقيقه .. و تمجد كل هذا و تسبل عليه ثوب من العقلانية و التحرر و الشجاعه ! هـ(less)
محمد جمال إسماعيل لا ليست ترجمه لمخطوطات حقيقية والكاتب اجاب عن سؤال مماثل واجابته موجوده على اليوتيوب
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لا ليست ترجمه لمخطوطات حقيقية والكاتب اجاب عن سؤال مماثل واجابته موجوده على اليوتيوب
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Jibran
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabic
“The nature of Christ is the essence of our religion, and that essence is subtle and problematic, and potends schism and discord.”

Modern Arabic novel is often criticised for being too political, and in many cases nothing more than a platform for writers to repackage contemporary war troubles in Arab countries into a kind of fictional reportage designed for quick consumption, forgotten as soon as the next big thing happens and is taken up. I share this criticism to the extent when artistic le
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Huda Aweys
25\8\2013
First,Everyone knows the story of Hypatia and we did not need the definition of those ! ,
searching for the right or the truth was not the case of\or the problem of the protagonist of this story any day :) ! , he was always going to run away from the face !, so I do not know what the secret behind the interpretation this journey as a spiritual journey, or even as a mental and philosophical journey :) !..
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عزازيل
هي روايه فعلا اولى بعزازيل :)
بطل جبان .. خاف يفكر خاف يبحث .. استسهل فهرب
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Nancy Oakes
After a shaky start and then a couple of hours of research prompting a restart, this book turned out to be an amazing read. And those of you who marked this book as "fantasy" may be disappointed to discover that it is nothing of the sort. It's a work of historical fiction, narrated by a fictional fifth-century monk during a time of crisis for the early Catholic church. And quite frankly, in light of what's happening in our world today, it is a very timely read. You can read more at my reading j ...more
Eman
To my friends who don't speak Arabic:
Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, a fictional novel intersected with real historical events and characters, where the narrator is an anonymous translator. He leaves a will that his translation work must be published after his death. The translation is on Syriac chronicles written by an Egyptian monk/physician called Hypa who started writing them in 431 AD. Hypa constantly accuses Azazeel (the devil) of making him write down his adventures and recall his painful
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Mahmoud Ghoz
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like the book, I don't see why people don't like what inside the book. It is all about history. I don't like the sex parts in the books that's why I recommend it for people who are above 18 and they should be married. ...more
Sana Abdulla
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Azazel By Youssef Zeidan-Winner of the International prize for Arabic fiction 2009, this novel caused a lot of controversy as is always the case when an author writes about a faith he doesn't belong to, it follows the life of the Egyptian monk Hypa from place to place all over Egypt and Palestine in a period of great turmoil for the church, and his own turmoil with his human shortcomings and clerical role.I found the novel slightly tedious at times because I'm not a great lover of history and my ...more
Johara
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabic-books
Azazeel is my first attempt to read Arabic books since ages… and considering that I’ve been having this book for a very long time, I decided that it was time to read it.

Story about a Coptic monk, Hypa, and his journey from upper Egypt, to Alexandria and then Syria over a twenty years period. He wants to be a doctor, and a monk, yet he is struggling with inner thoughts of life, God, love, and demons.

The writing is beautiful, and the historical references were very enlightening. I loved the philo
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Marta
Azazeel is the kind of historical fiction that I love but find so rarely: a story set during a time of upheaval, a long gone era and place we do not know much about; and it is also a human story of faith and doubt, of the nature of good and evil, of love and devotion; with the ultimate message that fanatism of any kind is evil. "Killing people in the name of religion does not make it religious."

Hypa, our 5th century Egyptian Coptic monk is a devout Christian, yet also a sensitive man who cannot
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Calzean
It took me a while to get into this book, the first part is a bit slow and I couldn't feel aligned with the author's (or translator) rhythm. But I am glad I persevered because this book brings to life the early divisions of the Christian churches in the East and West which influenced the way Christianity was then practiced.
The time is in the 430ADs. The narrator Hypa is a naive Egyptian monk who is well read, has medical training. He seeks a peaceful life and truth in religion. He experiences fi
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Haifa
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good historical fiction. In the tradition of Ameen Maloof. We feel and see, through the eyes of a medieval Christian monk, the personal and doctrinal anguish that is set against the backdrop of the Nestorian Schism of the Christian church.
Ganna Adel
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
that is a man who knows how to make literature out of history .. magical words and phrase, true feelings and neutral.
Radwa
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I was so surprised with the ending, very open, didn't know what happened. It's just spoiled the whole book for me. ...more
Mark Staniforth
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009 and has been newly translated into English by Jonathan Wright for Atlantic Books, is a sexy, gory, fiery, thought-provoking masterpiece.
Its impact stretches far beyond the desert lands of sixth century Egypt and Syria in which it is set, and raises, brilliantly, fundamental questions about the role of religion in societies both ancient and modern: about its corrupting influence, its myriad hypocrisies, its th
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Rym
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
disappointing
Yomna
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
It certainly isn't a typical book. I'm used to reading books with tailored plots and explicitly jammed up events, but this one was simply the record of the life of a monk suffering from contradictory thoughts. If I call his thoughts contradictory I might be humiliating him because the state of confusion roaming around Hypa was nothing close to mediocre. He had his own reservations about his religion, Christianity, due to all the action taking place around him. He didn't know what's true and what ...more
Marvin
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
What an unusual, if not unique, premise for a contemporary novel! In the first third of the 5th century, an intellectually curious, troubled Christian monk/physician/poet travels from his native Upper Egypt to Alexandria, then to Jerusalem (where he meets and becomes intimate friends with Nestorius before he becomes bishop of Constantinople) before settling in a monastery near Aleppo. The Nestorian controversy serves as a backdrop for the story, but the monk narrates his adventures as an intimat ...more
DubaiReader
I gave up after 15% :(

I very rarely abandon a book but I was really getting nothing out of this. As it says in the Product Description above, Youssef Ziedan is an Egyptian scholar who specializes in Arabic and Islamic studies. This does not surprise me at all, the book read very much like a study of the ideologies behind the early Christian Church, spoken through the mouth of the main character, a monk named Hypa. What did surprise me though, was that this book was originally written in Arabic a
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Pino
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting topic. The book made my Sunday lighter despite its topics " religions conflicts". Usually isn't light or cheerful subject to contemplate.

Following the life story of Hiba and the relationships with women in his life , the writer revealed the controversy of Christianity around 340 A.C: Origin , relationship with other religions , sciences , common people , people in power and how politics shapes the course of any religion or the other way around.


In different readings I came across cha
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Loveena
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Loveena by: Moaz
Currently on scroll nine - Hypatia's entered.

I'll reserve my review till I finish this book ...

Why can't GoodReads & Kobo amalgamate or have a partnership ... *pretty please*

Done. And this is what I have to say:

Interesting.

It was slow paced, yet interesting. I looked more into the story line and not the way it was written. The theme. The message.

All I have to say is: One needs to have a really strong mind to read it & file it under - Read, now let me move on with my faith to guide me.

If one
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Zeina
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a BEAUTIFUL, controversial, complex record genius-ly translated and put together. I think the many, unnecessary details and pages of internal conflicts is what makes it intriguing, specially when you know it's written thousands of years ago, and when you discover that a human, with all his feelings and struggles, is the same, no matter what era he's born in. It's written by a poet, so nothing can go too wrong, and the way he describes his love to Marta or how charmed he was by Octavia made ...more
Mohamed
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good novel, that opens your mind to search more about the history of the early Christianity.
Sajida Chamass
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the few books that would be a good choice to feed your mind with.
Imran
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revolving around the controversial theological debate in Christianity about trinity and status of Jesus as a 'God' or a 'Human', this novel translated from Arabic covers the struggles and problems humans have to face for their differing opinions and faiths in an intolerant society.

I did know that Islam's point of view on trinity is closer to Nestorian branch of Christianity. This book provides a detailed account of Nestorian theology.


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Divya Agrawal
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An utterly absorbing fiction that takes you on a journey of first 500years of Christianity in Egypt, through the narrative of a Coptic monk. Egypt doesn’t feature immediately in our collective psyche as a Christian country and therefore the impact isn’t immediately relatable but that’s also what makes more interesting and impact. The book is fictional but it weaves factual incidents and characters so beautifully you’d think it is a real scroll that’s been translated. Kudos to the translator and ...more
Somy
I wanna kill everyone who told me that was a good book. I couldn't comopete it ...more
Saba Hussain
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan
Narrator is an anonymous translator who is translating the writings of a fifth century's Egyptian monk and physician called Hypa.
Hypa's journey between churches and monasteries reveal how much religious extremism was spread and what extent the conflicts explode between Christian, Jews and Pagans. Also, how religion expliots for personal agendas.
Ziedan beautifully form the dialogues between Azazeel and Hypa and also the internal psychological conflict.
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Nightary
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabian

Yet another story from an Arab writer with a melancholic ending, where the characters are extremely worn out of life & existing <3
Carol Hammal
May 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf, arabic
Well... despite the numerous positive reviews, to me, this book was unfortunately a huge disappointment... and here's why... this is my analysis and it won't feel like a review but rather a tough book critique but I'm unfortunately unable to verbalize it otherwise...

I realize that to many, they'd find this book interesting due to the many historic facts it covers, which was actually the reason behind my attraction towards this book (and you probably saw my excitement in my post about it when I s
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Guchu Nathani
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book almost 8, 9 months back and then somehow left it after reading 100 out of its 300 odd pages. I however was fascinated by its content all along. Seeing it kept on my book shelf I always longed to finish it but never came around it, until now of-course. I picked it up again and finished it in less than a day.

This is a work of art in the sense that it is an historical fiction dealing in religion, picking up real events, names and places from some of the not so good times for Chr
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Nada Alaa
Jun 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When i first start reading this book i was so excited to see what the hype was all about .
I read the first few chapters and I thought that the writing style was beautiful and the plot looks promising but sadly after that there’s nothing..
i kept reading telling myself that it will pick up soon , that the writer will get over the unnecessary descriptive sex scenes and will start paying some attention to the historical aspect . But that wasn’t the case . We continued following Hypa from place to
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(Arabic: يوسف زيدان)

Director of the Manuscript Center/Museum, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Professor of Philosophy and History of Science.

Awards and Grants:
- 2009 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) In Association with the Booker Prize Foundation
- Imam Muhammad Madi Abul-‘Aza’im Award in the field of Islamic studies in 1995.
- ‘Abdul-Hamid Shuman Prize in the field of social studies in 199
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