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11 - 17 May 2000
Issue No. 481
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BOOKS: a monthly supplement of Al-Ahram Weekly

At a glance

A shorthand guide to the month compiled by Mahmoud El-Wardani


Al-Kotob: Wughat Nazar (Books: Viewpoints), monthly review of books, Issue No.16, May 2000, Cairo: The Egyptian Company for Arab and International Publication

This issue of the widely acclaimed monthly presents its readers with a remarkable discovery, publishing pages by the leading journalist Mohamed El-Tab'i dealing with the relationship that developed, following her husband King Ahmed Fouad's death, between Queen Nazli, King Farouq's mother, and Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, head of the royal Diwan and Farouq's tutor. Political analyst Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, on the other hand, continues his fascinating series on the diaries of Woodrow Wyatt, formerly a significant figure within the British Labour Party. Rushdie Said writes on the export of Egyptian natural gas, contending that it should stop, while Hassan Abu Talib reviews Fawaz A Gerges' America and Political Islam. Other highlights include Zahi Hawwas on recent discoveries in the Bahariya oasis and Farouq Abdel-Qadir on the Iraqi novelist Fouad Al-Takarli.

Al-Arabi, monthly magazine, Issue No.498, May 2000, Kuwait: Ministry of Information

The most recent issue of this Kuwaiti monthly includes a file entitled, "Palestine: The Last Call," which contains a variety of articles ranging from Salman Abu-Sitta on "the plight of Palestine and what might put an end to it," to Arafa Abdu Ali on the Holocaust. Editor-in-Chief Soliman Al-Askari writes on "the peace of Israeli hegemony." The issue also includes stories, critical articles and poems by, among others, Gaber Asfour, Sahar Tawfiq and Mohamed Ali Shams. Other highlights are a poll on the water/desert debate in Oman, and an article entitled "Kuwait's green triumphs over the cruelty of its climate."

Al-Hilal, monthly magazine, Issue No.5, May 2000, Cairo: Dar Al-Hilal

To mark the occasion of his 80th birthday, Al-Hilal is celebrating the life and work of the Egyptian scientist Rushdie Said, publishing an extensive file in which Mohamed El-Bahryi Issawi, Mohamed Abdel-Fattah El-Qassas, Mahmoud Ahmed and Nabil Abdel-Fattah, among others, deal with various aspects of Said's career in public service and his involvement in society and politics. Elsewhere in this issue, Bilal Fadl writes about "the just despot in current times", while Samir Gharib tackles "the decline in Arab culture". Mahmoud Baqshish provides an illuminating commentary on the paintings of Mostafa Abdel-Fattah, while Badr El-Dib offers an overview of painter Adli Rizkalla's career, taking Rizkalla's recent, large-scale exhibition of watercolours as his starting point. The issue also features many of Al-Hilal's senior columnists, including Abdel-Azim Anis and Hussein Ahmed Amin.

Al-Osour Al-Jadida (New Eras), monthly magazine, Issue No.7, March 2000, Cairo: Sinai Publishing House

In the latest issue of Al-Osour Al-Jadida, Ahmed Fouad Selim supplies the third episode of his autobiography, while Zakariya El-Raf'ie continues with his study of the liberal Azharites, focusing this time on Sheikh Mohamed Ayyad El-Tantawi. The Syrian poet Adonis publishes here "Five hypotheses, in vain, on an epistemological revolt," an erudite and provocative work of cultural criticism that makes this issue of the magazine well worth keeping. Elsewhere, there is an abundance of articles, studies and reviews on a variety of topics ranging from the French philosopher Jacques Derrida to a new Encyclopaedia of Islamic Architecture and Heritage.

Sotour (Lines), monthly magazine, Issue No.42, May 2000, Cairo: Sotour

The latest issue of Sotour features an extended file on the contradictions of globalisation, which includes an impressive array of well-respected writers -- Mahmoud Amin El-Alim, I'tidal Othman, Karim Abdel-Salam, Mohamed Badawi, Mona Tolba, among others -- tackling various aspects of this pressing issue, with topics ranging from the elusive nature of modernism and the third sex, to Internet Islam and religion in Egyptian culture. In the arts section of the magazine, architect Gamal Bakri writes on Hassan Fathi, "the philosopher of architecture," while Mohamed Hamza takes stock of veteran painter Ihab Shakir's most recent exhibition, held successfully in Morocco. The "literature and criticism" section, featuring a story by Azza Rashad, an essay by Yumna El-Eid and an informative feature article on African creation myths, is brief but interesting. That section of the magazine dealing with cultural issues is given over solely to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question, with articles that, though effective, say little that has not already been said.

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