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تدور أحداث الرواية فى العشرين سنة التي سبقت فتح مصر، ويظهر في بعض مشاهدها الفاتح عمرو بن العاص وزوجته ريطة (رائطة) والصحابي حاطب بن أبى بلتعة، إضافة إلى شخصيات خيالية يكشف من خلالها النص الروائي عن طبيعة الحياة والإنسان والاتجاهات الدينية التي كانت سائدةً في المنطقة الممتدة من دلتا النيل إلى شمال الجزيرة العربية، في الوقت الذي ظهر فيه الإسلام وانتشر شرقاً وغرباً.
Paperback, 381 pages
Published November 2010 by دار الشروق (first published 2010)
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Mohamed Montasser
I was expecting a feast like I had with Azazeel, but boy I was disappointed! The story of Maria was a bit pointless in my opinion, I wasn't sure what the writer wanted us to get out of it. Also the heavy sex references were a bit too much, at least I didn't expect it from him. I liked the historical references, but they were very few and I couldn't figure out what messages he was trying to convey.

The book in my opinion is too short, it's like it ended suddenly, probably he's thinking of a second
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Samar
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own, 2012-books
Very disappointed, not just bec. Youssef Zidan disappointed me in this novel after his masterpiece "Azazil", but also bec. the novel started off very strong and promising, and it just kept getting boring and weird...

I think wat matters is how u feel once u finish the novel, and with this novel I was soooo grateful I was done w/ it, and had this BAAAAAD feeling from the whole weird plot, and was clueless of the point of the whole novel and stories..

The 2 main points that turned me off and made me
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Sherif Azer
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Nabatean: A false literary prophecy
Sherif Azer Youssef FaltasDaily News Egypt : 20 - 12 - 2010

“By the one two-faced God and by primordial wisdom, I speak the truth. There is none but Mother and Son. From the two, every mother and son come. An embrace to the mother, longing to her son, and to them together birth and recreation. God Eel begotten from Goddess Laat, the essence of all beings, and the origin of all active forms,” prophesies the Nabatean in Youssef Ziedan's new novel “Al-Nabati.”
A
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Ramez
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the most interesting books an Egyptian could ever read as It describe one of the most forgotten blacked out era that Egypt passed through.

The media, education, or even Muslim Sheikhs always described how a lot of Egyptians believed in Islam religion from the prospective of the people from Arabic semi island; in terms of how Amr Ibn El-Aas invaded the country and spread Islam and how a great adaptation that was to Egyptians.

But either intentionally or not they neglected how
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Ismail Zohdy
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Again and again Yusuf Zidan stuns us with a marvellous nover takes place in a part of history we almost never considered knowing anything about
from the first line with an amazing spiritual start till the end with a stunning -as usual - open ending, he leaves us with loads of knowledge, feelings and hopes.
One thing makes this novel better than Azazil; which is this time we have a heroin not a hero which make it much easier to feel sad for her and feel the need to support her .. much like I felt w
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Iqbal Al-Zirqi
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read it last year, and it made me think a lot in gray zones of what this author is indicating. The funny thing is that many read this book about Islam start and its effects on ordinary christian people in the area, but they interpret in a different way. I still insist that the author is clever and meant something behind and between the lines. The story made me less sympathetic and less believer in Islam as a spiritual religion. lines. It showed very clearly that this religion was more like a p ...more
Mohsen
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant!
My words fail in describing this book. I'm not familiar with the writer nor if this book has been properly researched or not, yet it does offer a brand new point of view on the lives of ancestors and history.
The history of the weak is much more interesting than the one that we are used to reading.

The language is very subtle. The main character is so innocent and empty of all previous knowledge that makes her both irritating and enjoyable to read.

Highly recommended.
Sara Khairy
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
TO Maria.. the Egyptian girl that never got the chance to fight or to choose her destiny.. and to all Egyptian ( Marias ).. luv you and i hope you can change your lives one day because nobody will do it for you..
spcial thx to yousef zidan for your novel that was soinformative and sensetive :))))))))
Dia Haykal
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found the book very interesting because it introduced us to the culture that Islam came to. This helps a lot in understanding its rules and the reasons they were forced. In other words, things that were used to be done back then, can not be done night. And thus, Islam and its practitioners have to develop and not stick to rules that were put to fit people who lived almost 1500 years ago.
Sara El-Kady
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
More than amazing, i love the flow of the events, the way he describes everything so precisely, the way he could take me to another world ..
tho i didn't like it when he described things that shouldn't be told like that !
Muhammad Mansour
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This incredible, visually stunning book is both a history of one of the most profound events in the history of mankind and an insider's look at how it was brought to life by one of the most acclaimed Arab authors of our time.
Mamdouh
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Simply amazing Journey into the dawn of Islam period without any lying, we were not angels... islam first days were not as angelic as people draw them now... loved it
Mona Salheen
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing compared to Zedan's other novels..didnt like it
Tasniem Sami
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
too much description makes me focus on details i guess it's not important
Enas
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Amazing language and style, don't like the content a lot.. Expected a different end.. Could have been better..
Sama
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I could smell Paulo Coehlo in the book and that's thing irritated me a bit ... that's my concern abt the book otherwise it's a good book indeed
Alaa Samir
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i fell in love with this book that i read it in 2 days only !!
Esraa Is'haqat
After finishing Azazeel, I rushed to buy a collection of Youssef Ziedan's books, and I started with this one, hoping to be as mesmerized as I was when I read Azazeel.
This was a fun, quick book, but kind of without a story. I found it leading to nowhere, without a strong climax and a build-up of events. Every event is merged with the next, like a melting pot where nothing is distinct anymore.
There were a few loose threads throughout the book that may have been utilized better; like when Layla w
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Flix-7
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not as I expected. :(
Yosra
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's always a hit or a miss with yousef zidan ! while some of his writings will always be on my favorite list , such as عزازيل ، ظل الأفعي , others i found very lacking ! محال ، النبطي ، Is a very good example of that , the novel was too descriptive for my taste , in my opinion yosef zidan compromised the story line , and the flow of events just for the sake of painting us a vivid image for the surroundings. This caused the novel to come out blurry, and the events to be inconsistent. Also , The ...more
Sherin Khamis
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
The grass seems greener on the other side.....You have expectations and you think since you want something badly and you dreamed about it from ages you can change anything and anyone....Sorry poor Maria Hell no, it's not the case in real life and the more we get old the more we go far from the perfect image and the more things become complicated.....They keep saying change is good but actually it's not it is all about things that you didn’t want to happen and it did so what is good about that? F ...more
Mazin Safar
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, unfortunately. Despite my (continued) great admiration of Youssef Zeidan, I find this book to be the least impressive of what I read for him. The story is quite ordinary and there is a remarkable lack of details regarding the main objective of this novel (as I heard him speak about it)--that is the details of political and cultural events surrounding the takeover of Egypt by Amr Bin Al As... Azazil was a masterpiece for a whole long list of reasons, and this comes as a major disap ...more
Ze2red
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ze2red by: Ismail Zohdy
This is what i call a turning page book. It didn't make me feel bored, it's a story in which you wish to know what will happen next. Youseff Zidan's writing - for me - is way smoother than it was in "Azazeel". I enjoyed learning new things about old times in Egypt, and how people used to live side by side believing in different things. "Marya" the narrator told the story from her point of view. She was a kind naive girl who was married off to an Arab merchant, and her journey opened her eyes to ...more
Dina
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
i loved the characters who were written in such a high proficiency, as usual. i loved that the novel took me to that ancient time, just like a time machine. i loved Maria and her kindness, Laila and her obscure thoughts, Al Nabti and his sad eyes. i also loved the open ending which Maria asks herself whether it is better for her to go back to Al Nabti or continue her way with the others to Egypt.
i really loved her hesitation which seemed more human to me than anything.
Hoda
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think the book is very well written. The story in itself is rather weak, but the descriptions and the time line context is very powerful. The author has made a lot of reflections that have an impact on our world today. I think this book calls for a very deep and analytical historical discussion, which might cause many grievances in dogmatic people.
Mohamed Elkammar
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very intriguing book. It takes you centuries back to a small village on the bank of the Nile. Amazingly, when your read it and get absorbed by the book and you feel related to that long by gone age.

I've lived few relaxing days because of this book. Such a good read.

I only gave it four stars because I was hoping for more.
Salma ElRouby
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arabic-novels
I can't say I am not pleased by the book, but if it weren't for the last 70-100 pages I would have extremely been frustrated by it. It is a story of the desperate lady, who never actually got to be more than just a girl from the countryside. However, I struggled for a long time with how boring this reading was.
Mostafa 3ezzat
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
he started very well it was very interesting till it2 two thirds then zidan lost in some unimportant details but he finished it very well
as azazil he gives another view of the old religous stories
Mariam Mahmoud
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
pretty sad how we give up on what we wish for to what is real. We are all this 'Maria' driven by a long lost dream made to live a life we have never wanted and when we become aware of this, it is normally too late.
Anwaar
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As usual, I loved Zidan's style of writing and I lived with Maria and greatly felt for her!
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