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September 2018: Mohamed Salmawy signed his book: “A day or So”On September 15, 2018, the Human Foundation hosted this book signing event.Mohamed Salmawy is a prominent and influential Egyptian writer who is widely recognized in Egypt, the Arab World and worldwide. He is a novelist and author of many plays that had left a mark on the contemporary Egyptian theatre, especially during that last two decades of the twentieth century. This made him one of the contemporary theatre top writers in the Arab World. He wrote “Al Ganzeer” which was the first play to discuss the terrorism made in the name of religion. He also wrote “Salome” and other plays, in addition to nine collections of short stories. His two novels, “Coloured Beads” and “Butterfly Wings” occupy a prominent place among the Arab novels. The latter predicted the 25 January 2011 revolution in Egypt.For 16 years; Salmawy was the Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Hebdo newspaper, published in French. He was also the Managing Editor of Al-Ahram Weekly, which is published in English. This allowed him to introduce the Egyptian and Arab reality to foreign readers. He was the President of the Writers Union of Egypt for 10 consecutive years, where he had served the interests of writers and authors, and won the highest number of votes in every election. Some members of the Writers Union consider the time when Salmawy held this position as the best time ever since the establishment of the Union at 1975.  In his memories: “A day or so”, Salmawy reveals many unknown details about the most significant political, social and cultural events that he had witnessed.

 

A day or So

The Human Foundation held a panel discussion, chaired by HE ambassador and scholar Dr Mostafa El -Fiki on the Arabic Version of Divine Reveleation and Human Interpretations, authored by Ali, Aliaa and Aisha Rafea. The event took place on May/ 6/ 2017. Prof. Dr.Aliaa Rafea presented a summary of the book, and responded to the comments of Dr. El-Fiki and later to the attendees, among whom were HE ambassador Amr Moussa, HE Dr Isamail Serljuldin,  HE Prof ambassador Fathi Saleh, HE Prof Dr. Hazem Atteya and many other prominent figures. 

This book is based on seeking the ideological roots of the moderate and extremist fundamentalists. It digs deeper into their mind -set, and observes their well framed ideologies. By deconstructing the basic premises of their approaches, the author introduced an alternative open approach. Islam, for the authors, is a primordial path that has been taken by messengers of God and great teachers of humanity since the beginning of creation. 

Along this line, the authors dealt with three major issues, namely religiosity, the universality of Islam and Islam and the social order. They examine these issues from within the holy texts, and reached to conclusions that are different from fundamentalists. Unlike other puritans or revivalists, the authors do not claim that they introduce “pure”, “right”, or “correct” Islam. They introduce a reading that focuses on inspiring meanings and messages, not rigid forms and acts. As an inclusive religion, Islam accept differences, and respect other views. Yet, the authors aspire and reach  common principles that bring peace and prosperity to the world. They assure their readers that their interpretations are not exhaustive. The same holy texts may open new meanings endlessly. No one has the right to bridge the gap between human understandings and the “real meanings” of texts. Real meanings will remain hidden realities. ThaIt is the beauty and miraculous nature of the Qur’an. 

It is worth mentioning that HE Dr El Fiki wrote an article about the book and the even in Al Al Ahram Newspaper on 13/6/2017

The Human Foundation for Publication and Distribution will publish the English version of the book early in 2021 

​ اقيم في ٢٥ فبراير ٢٠١٩ ندوة ثقافية وحفل توقيع كتاب"العقد الجوهري في مناقب الشيخ طنطاوي جوهري"الكتاب سيرة للشيخ طنطاوي جوهري، كتبه أحد مريديه؛ وهو السيد زكريا أحمد رشدي الإسكندري وراجعه وحققه حفيده أ.د. فتحي صالح أحد رموز الثقافة ومؤسس مركز توثيق التراث الحضاري والطبيعى وعضو مجلس أمناء مؤسسة البناء الإنساني والتنمية 

الشيخ طنطاوي هو أول مصري يرشح لجائزة نوبل للسلام والذي قام بترشيحه الدكتور مصطفى مشرفة عام ١٩٣٩وقد أسهم في الفكر الإسلامي والإنساني بعديد من الكتب وتفسير كامل للقرآن الكريم أقيم الحفل في في مقر مؤسسة البناء الأنساني والتنميةء

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