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Badawi al Jabal,Master of Poetry

Mohammad Sulayman al-Ahmad (nicknamed Badawi al-Jabal) was born in 1905, in the village of Difa in the district of al-Haffah,  Latakia Governorate. His father  was well versed in classical Arabic and Islamic studies and a member of the Arab Academy of Language in Damascus. Badawi al-Jabal, his nick name which was given to him by the compiler of his poetry, Midhat Akkash,  the editor of the Damascus newspaper Alif Ba, apparently in 1920. Akkash liked the poetry , but because the poet was not well known at that time, the editor(Akkash) agreed to publish the poetry under the pseudonym of Badawi al-Jabal, a reference to the cloak (aba'a) and the headband (oqal) the poet wore at the time – like a badawi (bedouin) coming from al-Jabal.

Badawi al-Jabal gained high reputation in the Arab world; he  experienced  politics and poetry at prime age. As a nationalist, later,he joined the National Bloc. He was imprisoned by the French mandatory authorities in Syria. In 1939 , he sought   refugee in Baghdad. While there, he taught Arabic at the University of Baghdad and also supported the revolt of Rashid Ali al-Kaylani against the British occupation in 1941. Upon returning to Syria, he was apprehended by the French authorities in 1942. Later on, he was twice elected to parliament( 1943 -1947). In the 1950s, he was assigned  minister of health. The defeat of the Arabs in the 1967 Arab-Israel War was a great shock to him; he wrote much poetry inspired by it. He adhered to the old school of Arabic literature and poetry, which upholds the classical mode. His poetry was also influenced by a mystical orientation. Selections from his poetry were published in Damascus in 1968 by Midhat Akkash. A full anthology appeared in Beirut in 1978 with an introduction by Akram Zuaytir.


Maysa Wassouf

Syrian Film Depicting Love under Crisis Takes Part in Carthage Cinema Days Festival.


 DAMASCUS, (ST)_  A Syrian film titled "29 February" is to take part in the 24th Carthage Cinema Days Festival due to kick off on November 16th through 26th.

The film depicts a love story carrying a lot of suffering and pain in parallel with the difficulties facing the life of the young generation.

"29 February tackles contemporary issues without ignoring people's troubles and their daily suffering, said Director of the film al-Muhannad Kalthoum in a statement to SANA.

"Produced by a number of young Syrian artists, the film is to compete with other Arab and foreign movies participating in the festival. It will provide the Syrian cinema with an opportunity under the current crisis in the country as to prove to the whole world that we still exist and are keen to produce inventive artistic works representing us and our homeland," Kalthoum added.

In "29 Februray", I aim at depicting Syrian contemporary cities with their softhearted people who love life and keep hoping and working despite all attempts by suspicious media institutions abroad to falsify the reality of events in our country," Kalthoum said.

Starring in the film are actors Jihad Saad, Orwa Kalthoum and Ghufran Khaddour.

The film is produced by the General Establishment for TV and Radio Production within the framework of 'Short Syrian Cinema Dreams' project.

The list of short films participating in the Festival's official competition includes 23 works produced by the Arab countries of Syria, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, in addition to movies representing four African countries.

The feature films competition is to screen 20 movies from 14 Arab and foreign countries.

Eighteen documentaries from seven Arab countries including Syria and four African countries are also to be screened within the official competition of the event.

H. Moustafa


"The Birth Of The Innocence Of Islam" Film Soon

The initial shots of " The Birth Of The Innocence Of Islam" film began on Saturday at Blue Tower Hotel in Damascus. The film is a retaliation of the anti-Islam  film recently screened on you tube and other media means.

" A group of young volunteers from all spectra are participating  in the film which embodies the sublime values of  fraternity, amity, tolerance and rejection of violence, extremism and distortion of religious symbols. The film would be a response to the anti-Islam film and an opportunity to display how the film was produced and financed,"  Walid Darwish, the director of the film clarified, considering the film as a response to the attempts by the Zionism and some foreign countries to  distort the image of Islam and its civilized message and instructions.


"Art's  important message to humanity is to show the real values of all religions through works capable of delivering the essence of religion and to respect other religions". Talal Lababidi, an actor in the film, affirmed.

For his part, Hasan Khalil, another actor in the film, said:" This film  carries unique ideas, as it proves the ability of the young to assume their social responsibility during the current crisis of the country."

" The Birth Of The Innocence Of Islam " is produced by Al-Rawas company and Surian Foundation For Artistic Production.

The duration of the film is 17 minutes spread (12 minutes for drama and 5 minutes for documentary scenes) that illustrates the reactions of people of "The Innocence Of Islam" film and defending the values of moderate Islam  in Syrian society.


Maysa Wassouf




Documentary Films on Events in Syria




TEHRAN, (ST)_ Documentary films on the current events in Syria are being screened throughout the 19th Press and News Agencies Exhibition being held in Tehran.

These films besides documents on Syria's culture and tourist landmarks have attracted a huge number of visitors in the exhibition to be continued until November 3.

This exhibition was opened on Sunday under the slogan "True Speech and Just View" with the participation of more than 2000 local and foreign media institutions representing thirty countries including Syria.

During a visit to the Syrian pavilion, The Iranian MP, Ismail Zadeh, denounced the foreign-backed terrorist acts against innocent civilians and the infrastructure in Syria.

The MP also condemned media misleading campaign against Syria, considering that targeting the Syrian media institutions aims at obliterating the truth about what is going on in Syria.





Syrian Folk Jewellery


  The " folk jewllery" usually  means  the traditional  jewllery of the urban, rural and nomadic population  of  Syria, conceived as a cultural region.

Jewellery was the most important possession of all married women. It was given to them as part of their bride-price or in return for their contribution to the family income. Among peasants and nomads this payment in jewellery was made after the end of yearly economic cycle, while for the city-dwellers it depended on the results of the family business. If women themselves were active in business they invested their surpluses in jewellery.

Traditionally the most important material for jewellery was silver, but for poorer  people copper and bronze were also used. Silver gilt and gold were less common and used only in exceptional cases. Precious stones played no part in folk jewellery, but semi-precious stones occur occasionally. There are very few silversmiths still working in Syria, in Damascus and Deir ezzor. The silversmiths of Deir ezzor can only produce a very limited amount of work because the lack of their raw material, silver. The silversmiths still working today therefore basically restrict themselves to repair work. Syrian jewellery shows influences of Egyptian, Palestinian and Yemenite jewellery, as well as of jewellery from present-day Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran and Central Asia.

The folk jewellery of the region thus reflects Syria's extensive trading contacts and the very heterogeneous composition of the Syrian population. The armlets and anklets especially show types similar to those found all over the Arabian Peninsula and beyond as far as the Arab-influenced East African coast- but there is no connection with the lewellery of Arab North Africa.                                                


Maysa  Wassouf