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Wujuh Misr al-Haditha وجوه مصر الحديثة
By: Solé, Robert روبير سولييه

Language: Arabic


وجوهٌ مرّت على تاريخ مصر، فرسمت معالم أرض الكِنانة كما نعرفها اليوم: دولة محوريّة بأهميّتها، غنيّة بماضيها، رائعة بقصصها.
وجوهٌ بارزة لشخصياتٍ رائدة، صقل مرورها تفاصيلَ تسلسلٍ زمنيٍّ، نقل حضارةً قديمةً إلى دولةٍ فتيّةٍ حديثة، على وقع مقاومة الاستعمار، وزرع بذور القوميّة العربيّة، والمغامرة على طريق السلام.
عظماءٌ في السياسة والعلم والفكر والفنّ. رجالاتٌ كبار بأدوارٍ مُهيبة وأفكارٍ نَيّرة، كان لهم شرف السعي إلى الانفتاح في الدين رغم التمسّك بالأصول، وإلى نفخ روحٍ جديدة في اللغة العربيّة، لتولد من رحمها ثقافة متوسّطيّة لافتة.
عظيماتٌ رائدات جريئات، أطلقن الحركات النسويّة في مجتمعٍ محافظ كاد ألّا يفسح المجال أمامهنّ لولا الإصرار والعزيمة والتميّز.
هكذا روى روبير سوليه تاريخ «أمّ الدنيا» الحديث، بلغةٍ سلسة وواضحة وجذّابة. رسم عشرين لوحة لعشرين شخصيّة، ونحت لكلّ منها أبعادها ومسارها.

Translated to Arabic, «Ils ont fait l'Egypte moderne» by French journalist of Egyptian origin, Robert Solé. Egypt cannot be reduced to a brilliant ancient civilization whose vestiges we tirelessly admire. It is also the largest country in the Arab world, a young, dynamic and surprising country, which was in 2011, with its emblematic Tahrir Square, at the heart of an abortive «Spring».

After undergoing several foreign occupations, the land of the pharaohs had somehow fallen asleep. It was brutally confronted with modernity in 1798, when Bonaparte landed there with his soldiers, scholars and artists. From then on, national sentiment continued to assert itself. This awakening and the many upheavals that resulted from it are analyzed here through twenty leading actors: political leaders, such as Mehemet Ali, Nasser or Sadat; intellectuals attracted by the Enlightenment, like Tahtawi or Taha Hussein; traditional Muslim thinkers like Mohamed Abdou or Hassan al-Banna; innovative writers and artists, such as Naguib Mahfouz and Oum Kalsoum; or Hoda Chaarawi, the pioneer of feminism in the Arab world.

With his usual style, both fluid and hard-hitting, Robert Solé analyzes the legacy of these personalities in twenty chiseled portraits that recount the great hours of a pivotal country and more than ever essential in the Middle East.

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By:Solé, Robert روبير سولييه
Pages: 326 pp
Publisher:Hachette Antoine / Naufal, Beirut, 2020
Dimensions:15 x 23 cm
Topic:Egypt - History - Political - Modern Times

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About the Author:
Robert Solé is a French journalist and novelist of Egyptian origin. Born in Cairo in 1946, Solé moved to France at the age of 18. He has served as ombudsman of the Parisian newspaper Le Monde. His works of fiction include Le Tarbouche (winner of the Prix Mediterranée in 1992) and La Mamelouka.

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