Researcher Muhammad Kilani : Syria’s Archeological Treasures Indicate its Great and Deep-Rooted Cultural Heritage

 “History is not a story or a novel but rather a mind, an emotion and a memory of human existence. It is the wisdom of the past, the guide of the present, and the path to the future” the researcher and historian Muhammad Hamzeh Kilani said.

Historically, Syria had played , according to Kilani an incomparable role in the history of mankind . It is often described as the cradle of civilization , since many of the greatest human achievements that later spread to encompass the world had their beginnings in ancient Syria .

 Kilani pointed out that  the  historian is  interested in studying the historical aspect of events, as for  the researcher, he   is the prospective investigator in issues  of thought and knowledge, as is anyone who is interested in studying any specific scientific

field,  adding  the researcher  tends to investigate ,  research and follow up  the  new archaeological data and specialized studies provide ..

Kilani reviewed   what  historians such as Abu al-Fida, al-Tabari and Ibn al-Atheer, had  transmitted including the social, economic and political circumstances of their time.

He   highly  appreciated  the works of great historians and researchers including  the Greek historian Herodotus,  Ibn Khaldun, who invented and formulated the philosophy of history ,  the British Arnold Toynbee, the owner of the Encyclopedia of History, and from Syria, the historian Dr. Suhail Zakar and his comprehensive encyclopedia in the history of the Crusades, Dr. Ahmed Dawood and his book on Semitism and  Anti-Semitism.

Kilani  believed that the study of archeology helps us a lot to  know  our history better, especially that Arab history before Islam was not documented, but was transmitted verbally and narrated through some biographies or memorized by  poems.

Syria possesses a  glorious  heritage compared to the rest of the nations, as Kilani asserts, so we are in the year 6670 of the Syrian calendar that precedes all other calendars of the Julian and Pharaonic.

He underlined   that Ugarit, Ebla, Mary, Palmyra  are among important  historical Syrian sites , and what these civilizations have left of archaeological treasures are clear evidences  of the grandeur of  Syrian deep-rooted cultural heritage.

Concerning  his book “Forgotten Poets of Hama”  Kilani made it clear  he  shed light on the  patriotism of a  number of poets from Hama , who called for development and reconstruction

It is noteworthy to mention  that Muhammad Hamzah Kilani was born in the city of Hama in 1947  ,  holds a degree in economics and  had got a number of honoring certificates..

Rawaa Ghanam 

Sculptor Rami Waqaf: The Syrian sculpting has its own characteristics

Sculptor Rami Waqaf believes that the true artist must live the journey of permanent research , as he should renew his ideas and tools and invent creative ideas in order to keep his artistic experience away from monotony and repetition and to make his own way as well.

SANA quoted Waqaf as saying that the reality of sculpting in Syria is currently better than the rest of the Syrian plastic arts during the war years, as the artists who left abroad were very few, which contributed to the continuation of the sculptural production process that is associated with research and permanent experimentation.

He went on say: “The past twenty years have witnessed an increase in the number of contemporary Syrian sculptors who have important experiences at all artistic levels as their experiences are not in line with the international sculptural schools, which gives them a "Syrian privacy" and helped a number of them to reach Globalism".

Cinema and Television Production Committee condemns the MBC series, which calls for normalization with the Zionist enemy

 The Cinema and Television Production Committee in Syria denounced the MBC channels’ broadcasting of series calling for normalization with the Zionist enemy, spreading hatred against the Palestinian people and undermining their legitimate struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

The committee said in a statement issued on Saturday evening that the producers in Syria denounce normalization with the Zionist enemy by broadcasting such series, which carry in its folds a distorted message to deal with the enemy, distort the historical facts and spread hatred against the Palestinian people

The committee called on all Arab producers to denounce the phenomenon of normalization with the Zionist enemy on Arab satellite channels through series that taunt the Palestinian issue, which is the central issue of the Arab nation.

At the conclusion of its statement, The Committee stressed that it has become obligatory for every Syrian and Arab producer to boycott the MBC channel because the targets and goals of this channel have become very clear.

The General Union of Arab Producers, which is spread in more than 18 Arab countries, issued a statement calling on the MBC group to stop broadcasting drama series that offend the Palestinian cause.

Inas Abdulkareem

Restoration of al-Jaabariyya waterwheel in Hama

Hama is an old city along the Orontes , which is often called “ the city of waterwheels” due  to the numerous old water wheels  which are a very characteristic sight there.

The Norias of the city Hama are a collection of historic waterwheels so lovely and elaborate that they make classical western waterwheels look weak in comparison.

Built on the banks of the Orontes River, the norias ( wheels of pots) became a symbol of the city of Hama and are  part of an ancient irrigation system. They were built to carry water into the city and were expanded on and enhanced over several centuries.

Evidence of these ornate water wheels dates back as far as the 5th century CE, even after they fell out of general use with the advent of modern irrigation systems, the norias were left intact, aging into beautiful historic icons of the city’s agrarian past.

The water wheels are unique both in their size and age . on average , the Hama waterwheels’ diameter reaches up to 70 feet.  These large wooden wheels were called “ the most splendid norias ever constructed”.

At one point, there were more than 30 norias in Hama. Unfortunately , only 17 of the original ancient hydraulic structures remain as a major tourist attraction, each of these magnificently engineered wheels has its own name. 

The largest  and most famous noria  on the Orontes is known as al-Mohammadiya  Noria. It is considered to be one of the largest water wheels ever constructed.

The "Syrian symphony" returns to its fans through virtual world channels

The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra returned to its fans through the virtual world channels by performing a Latin piece of music that was published on the official page of  Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts.

Led by Maestro Misak Bagbudrian, members of the "Syrian Symphony", whose musical evenings were halted in compliance with the procedures to tackle the coronavirus, presented  a  musical evening.

In a statement to SANA, the Maestro Bagbudrian confirmed that the musicians could not stay away from the audience  and as a result of the current circumstance they decided to take part in a new experiment that was applied in the countries of the world through large orchestras via the Internet. Thus "La compersita" was chosen for this night, as it was one of the musical pieces that was played in the last musical evenings of the group at the Opera Theater.