May 2018 forum-Discussing the “Divine Revelation” On May 6, 2017;
Dr. Mostafa El Feki discussed the
“Divine Revelation and Human Interpretations”,
a book co-authored by Masters Ali, Aliaa and Aisha Rafea.
This book adopts a new approach to presenting various religious streams of thought. It highlights the intellectual roots of fanatic ideologies that project their own convictions on the way they understand Qur’anic verses. The authors suggest an open framework for reading the religious texts. In this way, texts can be a continuous source of inspirations and contemplations, and no one can claim possessing or introducing the absolute reality. Within this framework; the book presents a different exegesis for verses that are misused in such a way that reduces religion to stagnation and forms only, and turns Sharia (Islamic legislation) to nothing more than forms and percepts.However, the authors never claimed that their approach is exclusively the right and absolute way of understanding religion.
January 2018 forum-A Study on the Symbols of the Valley of the Kings' Tombs- Presented by Professor. Dr. Theodor Abt
Prof. Dr. Abt has visited the Human Foundation twice. His first visit was on May, 2017, where he has lectured onthe relationship between the Egyptian symbols and the dynamic of the psyche. His second visittook place onJanuary, 2018, where he lectured on: A Study on the Symbols of the Valley of the Kings' Tombs.
Dr. Abt is one of the founders of the Research and Training Centre for in Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise Von Franz in Zurich, Switzerland. He has been studying the Egyptian heritage for decades, and wrote numerous books on Egyptian heritage. Dr. Abt has been cooperating with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities forovera decade. Throughout these years, he has translated many old Arabic manuscripts and wrote commentaries on them. He also made replicas for several monuments.
AsslwaWassl Cultural Forums
Assl wa Wassl team holds these cultural forums and workshops, aiming at highlighting the value of The Egyptian cultural heritage for the present and the future.
January 2018- A comparative study between homeopathy & Jung
Dr. Amal Fouad has presented a comparative study between homeopathy &the Jungian school of psychoanalysis. Dr. Fouad is a pediatrician, holistic health practitioner and a homeopath. She has obtained her Diploma in homeopathy from “Lakeland College” in UK, and has completed her postgraduate studiesfrom the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy Alonosis in Greece.
January 2018-Moon Goddess’ Symbolism, Ancient and ModernOn January 23, 2018, Sheherezad Shashaani, M.A, a Jungian oriented psychotherapist practicing in America gave a presentation about: “Moon Goddess’ Symbolism, Ancient and Modern”. She shared series of painted dreams and visions related to the Moon Goddess, demonstrating striking similarities between the ancient Mesopotamian and modern symbols. Her concept was that by understanding their symbolic meaning; they can point our way to the mystery as they did for our ancestors.
March 2018- "Maat: Goddess of Truth, Justice and Order", by Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty
The event took place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the headquarters of the Human Foundation.
Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty is the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt and holder of the Italian order of chivalry (October 2004).
The lecture is about Maat, the Goddess of truth, justice and universal order, depicted as a lady with an ostrich feather on her head, representing justice. It was said that Goddess Maat controls the seasons of the year and the motion of the stars. That’s why Egypt was called in its ancient times: “The land of the Nile and Maat”.
Dr. Eldamaty obtained his PhD in Ancient Egyptian antiquities from the University of Trier. He was the Head of the International Council of Museums-Arab Countries Alliance (ICOM-ARAB), Member of the Antiquities Committee at the Supreme Council of Culture, Member of the International Association of Egyptologists, Member of the Egyptian Society of Historical Studies, Member of the Arab Archeologists Association, Board Member of Bibliotheca Alexandrina (January 2003), and Board Member of the Egyptian Museum. He has also participated as a member in establishing the Egyptian Civilization Website, in participation with IBM and The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat).
The General Egyptian Book Organization has published a book under the title: “The Queens of Egypt”. The book, authored by Dr. Mamdouh Aldamaty, discusses the life of Egyptian women and their role through different eras. The book focuses on the ancient times when women held significant positions in the Egyptian society, wherein some cases; they have even ruled the country. The book introduces the queens who have solely ruled Egypt from the time of Ancient Egyptians, through the Ptolemaic era, till the end of the Ayyubid and the beginning of the Mamluk era, when the great Shagaret Al-Dor was ruling Egypt.
April 2018- “Civilization Continuity in Egypt”, by Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty On April 14, 2018, the Human Foundation hosted a forum, presented by Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, and entitled: “Civilization Continuity in Egypt”.
Dr. Eldamaty is a Professor of Egyptology, Ain Shams University and the former Minister of Antiquities in Egypt.
During the forum; Dr. Eldamaty discussed the civilization continuity in Egypt, through presenting similar practices today which are rooted in the Ancient Egyptian civilization. He demonstrated Ancient Egyptian contributions to science and astronomy, which had impact on the world.
Dr. El-Damaty obtained his PhD in Ancient Egyptian antiquities from the University of Trier, West Germany,1995. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University (2009-2011), and the General Manager of the Egyptian Museum (2004-2011).
He has also occupied several international positions, such as Cultural Consultant, and Manager of the Education Delegation Office at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Berlin, the Egyptian Education Delegation Supervisor in Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway (2011-2014), and Head of the International Council of Museums-Arab Countries Alliance (ICOM-ARAB) (2003-2004).
He is a Board Member of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the Ministry of Antiquities, Board Member of the Supreme Council of Culture at the Ministry of Culture, and a Board Member of the National Library and Archives of Egypt.
Dr. Eldamaty has participated in many local and international conferences. He has also supervised many Master’s degree and PhD theses, and has authored 36 scientific works.
The General Egyptian Book Organization has published a book under the title: “The Queens of Egypt”. The book, authored by Dr. Mamdouh Al Damaty, discusses the life of Egyptian women and their role through different eras.
Civilizational Characteristics of the Egyptian Identity…and the Horizons of the Future
The Human Foundation has presented this seminar at the Alexandria International Book Fair, held on 2018, in Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The seminar was presented by three members of the HF’s Assl wa Wassl team of specialists: Samah Samir, Mariam Yassein and Walaa Ali. They have presented the following reading of the underlying meaning of the Egyptian Civilization:
“The Egyptian Civilization introduces to us today messages that we should make efforts to read. Our reading of this civilization’s message is possible because we are deeply connected to it through our human foundation on one hand, and on the other hand, we can see beyond what is apparent. For example, the pyramids are not just huge tombs. Rather, they represent how when humans come collectively to reach shared goals, they can do miraculous achievements. Pyramids stand today with their secret and sacred message, giving us hope that we can do the impossible. They also give us a model of integration between science, knowledge, management skills, and beliefs.
As we are here in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, it is worth mentioning what role it has played in the past, and how it is connected to its role now. Bibliotheca Alexandrina was an enlightening spot in the whole area, connecting between north, south, east and west. It is now standing for cultural dialogues as a base for establishing peace among nations.”
Throughout 2017, the Human Foundation participated in monthly forums that were held in the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel.
The forums were organized by the Psychological Health Awareness Society in Egypt (Wa’y), in cooperation with the National Research Center. They aimed at raising peoples’ awareness, and promoting alternative medicine.
November 2018- The Emergence and Development of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization
On November 24, 2018, the Human Foundation hosted a forum, presented by Dr. Hazem Attia: “The Emergence and Development of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization”.
Dr. Attia is the Professor of Antiquities and Ancient Egyptian Civilization, at the University of Helwan, and Former Governor of Fayoum. He started his talks by highlighting the challenges which the Ancient Egyptians have faced to create this great civilization, he said:
“Egypt is the gift of the Nile. However, the Ancient Egyptian civilization has granted life to the Nile”.
The Ancient Egyptian civilization started more than 8000 years ago. This occurred when people managed to find a permanent water source (the Nile). They formed the first group to settle along its banks, known as the pre-historic civilizations, creating the Ancient Egyptian High Civilization.
A united Egyptian state was formed. The union was applied, not only on the political level, but also on the ethnic level, as the Hamites and Semites have mixed to form what we know as the Egyptian race. The Ancient Egyptian civilization has reached the peak of its first phase of development by the end of the fourth dynasty.
October 2018- Women on the Pharaoh’s Throne
On October 27, 2018, the Human Foundation hosted a forum, presented by Professor. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, and entitled:“Women on the Pharaoh’s Throne”.
The forum discussed the life of Egyptian women in Ancient Egypt, the positions they have reached, as well as the roles played by Ancient Egyptian Queens, whohave ruled the greatest country of that time.