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Midaq Alley by Joseph Massad

Zuqaq al Midaq (Midaq Alley). Published in1947, Midaq Alley is one of the Egyptian novelist’s earlier novels. Set in the early 1940s, while Egypt remained under British colonial rule and the confrontation between the Axis and the Allied powers was approaching at El-Alamein, the novel, a tragicomedy of sorts written in a realist style, opens with a... It soared one day in the history of Cairo like a flashing star. Only God and the archeologists know the answer to that, but at any rate, it is a relic, and a precious one at that. That historic cul-de-sac, and its famous café, known as Kirshah’s Café. Although this alley lives in virtual isolation from what surrounds it, it still clamors with its own distinctive life, one that is connected in its depths to the roots of life as a whole while still preserving a good amount of the secrets of the... This is the way of God in his Creation. It was mentioned in the ancient days in tarikh [history], which the call in English ‘History’ and is spelled ‘H-i-s-t-o-r-y. ’” Presumably, the invocation of “History” as an “ancient” European concept is ironical in this context, given Mahfouz’s enumeration of different historical periods through which Cairo passed long before Europe or the English language itself existed. Shaykh Darwish had been an English teacher at one of the religiously endowed schools. He, like other employees, was let go when this traditional school system was placed under the control of the modern Ministry of Education, which required higher qualifications. He took up a job as a clerk in the Ministry of Religious Endowments with a lower salary, which made him so unhappy that he became notorious as the most stubborn complainer in the Ministry. News of his bad disposition reached his superiors who, though sympathetic, docked his pay a day or two. About to be fired, he requested to meet with the deputy minister and informed him that “God had chosen his man,” referring to himself. He deserted his family and friends and began to roam the streets, wondering into “the world of God, as he calls it. ” He lost all his money, and his house but seemed completely at peace. if his necktie got torn, he would receive a new one too. ” Shaykh Darwish, as he came to be known following the Sufi tradition, was loved and considered blessed. “People feel that he brings them good luck and they say of him that he is a holy man of God who received Godly revelations in both Arabic and English. Source: johnshaplin

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  • Women on the Move

    01/28/09 ,via East Bay Express

    Directed by Pierre Morel. With Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Katie Cassidy, and Nabil Massad. Opens Friday. Wendy and Lucy opens with a tranquil, intimate scene of the title characters, a young woman and her dog, playing outdoors. Wendy (played ...


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