31st Book Fair Opens Tomorrow with the Participation of 237 Publishing Houses

DAMASCUS, (ST)- With the participation of 237 publishing houses from Syria and other Arab and foreign countries, the 31st Book Fair kicks off in Damascus on Thursday under the patronage of President Bashar Al-Assad.

In a press conference on Tuesday,  Culture Minister Mohammad al-Ahmad said that the 31st Book Fair, held under the title "The Book Builds the Mind", will be the biggest in terms of the number of participating publishing houses, adding that it will include 50 thousand titles.

He clarified that the program on the sidelines of the 31st Book Fair will be very rich, as it will include cultural symposiums, poetry evenings, lectures, book signing ceremonies, honoring a number of intellectuals, cinema shows, a fine arts exhibition and a rare book and manuscripts exhibition.

Namlieh "The Pantry"

When saying the word "Namlieh", we unconsciously remember our ancestors and how they used the save leftover food and supplies in a safe place so as not to be affected by heat or cold weather. Namliey used to work as a refrigerator in modern times, and it was made from strong wood that lasts for many years withstanding the coldest and hottest seasons of life

The word Namlieh comes from ants, which means that ants are collected. They were manufactured in a tight manner so that insects, ants and animals could not enter them.

It had a wooden structure similar to a wardrobe, where food is placed inside to protect it from dust and insects and provide air entry through the iron mesh (soft sieve), which covers most of the front face, and it was painted green or blue. Length, width and height are made according to the owner of the Namlieh and the back ((Namlieh's top)) is made of thick wood to withstand heavyequipment such as hammer and meat skewers and anything metalic at home.

It was divided into three sections, the top includes three shelves covered with two doors open to provide air through the fine sieve,where  the mothers would put  food.The middle section includes two or three drawers to place spoons, knives, cups, trays and cooking supplies, while the bottom section includes large jars, oil cans, Small canvas bags with lentils, rice, bulgur, freekeh, dry grains such as beans, peas, cowpea,

A Czech reportage on tourist sites in Maaloula

The Czech television station Prima has televised a reportage on the city of Maaloula and its main tourist sites, highlighting the keenness of its inhabitants to preserve the Aramaic language of Christ through teaching it to the younger generations.

Maaloula is one of the rare regions in the world that still speaks the language of Jesus up till now, reporter Patrick Kaiser, who visited Syria last week, said, presenting at the beginning and the end of the reportage video clips on Aramaic prayers.

Kaiser spoke of the destruction caused by armed terrorist organizations in the city before liberation by the Syrian Arab Army, pointing out that its residents have wrapped up this black chapter of the city's history and look forward to the future.

Kaiser stressed that now in Syria you can see the will of Syrians to live in peace and quiet, preserve their traditions and revive the cultural richness of their country

Inas Abdulkareem

Syria Revives Aramaic, Language of Jesus Christ

 To protect the heritage and diversity of civilizations, to confirm the solidarity among the various religions, and to revive the old chapters of history ,the first institute to teach Aramaic, the language of the people of the Levant in the first millennium BC ,was inaugurated in Maaloula. It is the language which Jesus Christ used to address his disciples and followers and by which he presented his evangelism to humanity. This language is still used by the inhabitants of Ma’aloula, Juba’adin, and Sarkha in the Qalamoun mountains 55 km north east of Damascus.

Arab Aramites :Historical and linguistic studies proved that the Aramites started their journeys from the Arabian Peninsula from which several Arab tribes formed a movement of immigration in the fourth millennium BC, after the rivers of the Peninsula dried up. These tribes migrated to the Mesopotamia in the east, to the Zagross mountains in the north, to the shores of the Atlantic ocean in the west ,and to the Arab Sea in the south. The Aramites settled in Syria and in the Mesopotamia (between the Euphrates and the Tigress) and gradually abandoned their style of bedouin life to adopt the civilized style of settlements. They mostly settled in Amoro (now Syria) and Babylon in the first half of the second millennium BC. With the start of the first Millennium they had established several kingdoms in the region that extended from the anti Lebanon mountains in the west to the Euphrates in the east, and from the mountains of Taurus in the north to Jordan in the south. After several centuries the Aramites gradually,lost control of this region to the Assyrians. The first mention of the Aramites, other than that of the Old Testament, came from the Egyptian letters of Tall al Amarneh of the fourteenth century BC, although there were some weak references about them that date back to the period of 2200 ≠ 1700 BC. The name Aramite was derived from the Arab root of “ramò which signifies sublimity and sovereignty.

Syrian Snow White… Poisoned by Computer

Snow white _known as “Fulla” in the Arabic culture_ poisoned apple becomes a computer in the Syrian version of the play as a metaphor for the infectious effects of technology on children. Hamra Theater which is hosting “Fulla and the seven dwarves”, a play for children written by Zaki Mardanelli, directed by Mohammad Dabbagh, music composition and Lyrics of closing song by Isa Najjar.