An explosive device goes off in the countryside of Hasakah

An explosive device goes off in the countryside of Hasakah

t Hasakah, (ST) - An explosive device went off...

Israeli bulldozers razed 30 donums of Palestinian land in  the West Bank

Israeli bulldozers razed 30 donums of Palestinian land in the West Bank

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, (ST)_The Israeli occupation...

New water well put into service within the Alouk water project in Hasakah

New water well put into service within the Alouk water project in Hasakah

Hasakah, (ST) - The Public Establishment for...

The Occupation forces arrest six Palestinians in the West Bank

The Occupation forces arrest six Palestinians in the West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces arrested six...

Corona virus kills four million and 720 thousand people around the world

Corona virus kills four million and 720 thousand people around the world

Capitals (ST): The Corona virus has claimed...

With the participation of Syria, the Fifth Arab Water Forum opened in Dubai

With the participation of Syria, the Fifth Arab Water Forum opened in Dubai

Dubai (ST):  The Fifth Arab Water Forum was...

Talks to reconstitute the Syrian-Brazilian Businessmen Council

Talks to reconstitute the Syrian-Brazilian Businessmen Council

Damascus (ST): Re-formation and activation of...

Democrats block congressional approval of aid to Israel

Democrats block congressional approval of aid to Israel

Washington (ST): In a rare event, Democratic...

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Economy & Aftermath

Models of Syrian shoes and leather products attract businessmen to conclude export deals at Sila International Fair

Models of Syrian shoes and leather produ…

Damascus (ST): Thousands of models of shoes and leather industries with different shapes, models and colors manufactured with the most up-to-date machines, equipment an...

Investigative Reporting

Fashion design exhibition was held in Damascus

Fashion design exhibition was held in Da…

The Arab Cultural Center in Kafr Sousa area in Damascus has hosted the exhibition of  Fashion design  and handicrafts.     The exhibition included oil paintings in vari...

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The historic visitors center in Palmyra is put into service after its restoration

The historic visitors center in Palmyra …

The Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Governorate of Homs, put the historic visitors center building in the ancient city of Palmyra into service, after its restoration as a result of the attacks of the terrorist “ISIS” organization, at an estimated cost of 300 million Syrian pounds.

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Autumn 2021 exhibition in Baniyas

Autumn 2021 exhibition in Baniyas

The Palace of Culture in Baniyas opened the autumn of 2021 exhibition with the participation of artists Fawaz Sweidan, Nasr Ibrahim and Abeer Mahmoud. About the exhibition, the director, Mr. Fawaz Sweidan, said: The autumn exhibition is an annual tradition since the independence of the country.  The exhibition is held in fall and a number of artists participate in it. Nasr Ibrahim (Arabic calligraphy and decoration) and artist Abeer Mahmoud are ...

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International Biennale in Slovakia awards Syrian cartoonist Raed Khalil his own prize

International Biennale in Slovakia award…

Syrian cartoonist Raed Khalil won the special prize at the Austin Biennale in Slovakia, with the participation of 258 artists from 53 countries.   Khalil's painting revolved around the audio-visual media, depicts the reality of television as a media subject to attempts to marginalize by some of those in charge of emerging technologies.  Prizes were distributed in the Biennale to painters from Croatia, Slovakia, Brazil, France, the Czech Republi...

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Sons of Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948 express solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails

Sons of Golan and the occupied Palestini…

Hundreds of the sons of the occupied Syrian Golan and the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948 participated in a stand in front of the Gilboa detention camp in solidarity with the Palestinian, Syrian and Arab prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails. They denounced the repressive campaign against the prisoners after the Freedom Tunnel operation.

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At the end of the 18th century, the French traveler Francois de Volney, said in his book “A Trip into Syria and Egypt”: “When we go to the East, we go to look for our roots and the roots of our sciences, arts, faiths and our destinies”. These words were highly appreciated by the head of the Russian Scientific Academy when he, in 1814, opened the Arabic language section in the educational institute saying: “From the East came all religions, all sciences and all philosophies. “God had granted this place more than anything a man can imagine. I always yearned to see the Garden of Eden, and here I am standing in it now”. In this oriental trip he admired Beirut and described it in his poetry book “Oriental Tales” saying:

“Mar Metri Quarter in alAshrafieh of Beirut is the most beautiful and pleasant place an eye could enjoy”. During his stay in Damascus he described Damascene women: “The eye can hardly see beautiful women like in Damascus because women care for their beauty which rarely departs them. In their homes one can feel peace and safety far from caprice and desires which corrupt souls and bodies”. In fact the idea of the harem haunted the imagination of many European travelers who, when they think of the east feel as if they are sultans surrounded with beautiful women. This idea was interpreted in the portrait of the French painter J.L.Jerome; “Bath of the Harem”.” The French archaeologist Andre Parrot asserted these words when, in the middle of the twentieth century, he discovered the ruins of Mari on the Euphrates with its frescoes and clay tablets, and gave his well known words “Every human has two homes, his own and Syria”.

In the 19th century the French diplomat and poet Alfonse de Lamartine described his visit to Lebanon and Syria speaking about these countries with respect, contrary to the common idea that women of the East were objects for men and their desires.

At the start of the twentieth century five travelers came from Europe to Syria, they lived with Bedouins in the desert in order to study their habits, traditions and ways of life. One of them was the English Lady Anne Blunt, kin of the English poet Lord Byron, who visited Damascus, Aleppo, AlRaqqa, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra. She walked along the old Roman road, admired the Arabian horse and documented her trip to Syria in a book titled “Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates”.

The British Miss Gertrude Bell” started her trip in Syria, then she went to Jerusalem where she learnt Arabic and then moved to Iraq and was appointed general director of antiquities in Baghdad Museum. On the evening of the 21st of July 1926 she died at 53 years. There is also Jane Digby, and English intellectual who came to Syria to buy horses because she was fond of cavalry and the desert where she lived in tents for several years. Then she bought a house in Homs and when she died she was buried in Damascus where her tomb is visited every year by a delegate from the British Embassy in Damascus (before the British embassy closed). It is enough to read “The Magnolia Tree” of the Syrian writer Ilfat alIdelbi to understand the biography of this adventurous woman who adored the East.

One of these women also is Hester Stanhope, and English lady distinguished for her beauty and noble family who came to Syria obsessed with its history. She entered Damascus riding a horse, roamed its streets and loved Zenoubia so much that she always imagined herself in her place. She contacted many Damascene families, lived for a while in alNabk and then moved to Palmyra to live for a long time. The first half of the 20th century witnessed the arrival of a French lady, Marga d’Andurain, into Syria to live in Palmyra. She bought a large house there and changed it into a hotel, and gave it the name of Zenoubia. This hotel is still functioning in the historical city of Palmyra. d’Andurain was fond of horse riding, marksmanship, sword duel and polo. She used to go to Palmyra’s famous spring Afqa to swim disguised as a Roman woman or as a queen of the ancient times. In 1939 she sold the hotel and moved to live in France, in the Basque region, but at the end of WWII she returned to live in a luxurious house in alMaghrib. In her book: “Marga, Countess of Palmyra, Mary Cecil de Philhak, issued in 1995 by Belle Phone, we can read that Marga was a romantic woman fond of risks and adventures. In a statement to “ alMashrek” magazine in February 1907 Father Louis Sheikho summarized the magic which attracted many European travelers by these words: “It is normal for Europeans to follow the footsteps of their ancestors in the Arab Orient which knew the first ages of history, and which built the first house, and could worthily inherit the legacy of the Greeks and the Romans, and which witnessed the coexistence of various civilizations and religions whose principles still exist till these days. Those travelers were the first pioneers who were attracted to the Charm of the Orient. Now on the footsteps of the grandfathers and fathers tens of thousands of European tourists come every year to enjoy the wonders and beauty of this East and to explore its civilizations or to contribute to the revelation of its valuable treasures still buried underground.

 

Haifaa Mafalani

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