زيارة مسلة ميشع في متحف اللوفر في باريس، فرنسا، حزيران 2017

عند ولادتي، والتي كانت في المستشفى الإيطالي في الكرك، جاءت جدتي للمستشفى. أحبت إحدى الممرضات (وكانت راهبة إيطالية) عمل إختبار لجدتي. أدخلتها على غرفة الخداج التي أنا وطفلين آخرين فيها. ثم طلبت من جدتي التعرف على حفيدها. جدتي تمكنت من ذلك بسرعة حيث أشارت إلي وقالت: “خية… هاظا العيل تبعنا”.

يوم أمس زرت باريس للمرة الأولى في حياتي. بالنسبة لي يرتبط اسم باريس مع أشياء كثيرة من أهمها متحف اللوفر، أكبر متحف في العالم مع عدد زائربن سنوي يتجاوز السبعة ملايين زائر. اسم اللوفر يرتبط أكيداً بدوره بلوحة الموناليزا.

قبل أن أزور الموناليزا أو أن أحاول أن أري أكبر قدر معين من القطع الأثرية في اللوفر، كان هدفي الأول أن أرى “العيل تبعنا”، كأردنيين، لنا في متحف اللوفر، من ضمن الأكثر من حوالي الـ38 ألف قطعة أثرية الموجودة في المتحف توجد مسلة ميشع الملك المؤابي. أكتشفت هذه المسلة حسب ويكيبيديا عام 1868 في مدينة ذيبان في محافظة ماديبا. رأيت نسخة منها في متحف الآثار في قلعة الكرك قبل حوالي 10 سنوات. في اللوفر رأيت النسخة الأصلية! كشحص غير متخصص في الآثار، لم أرى فرقا كبيرا بين النسختين.لذلك، إستطعت بسرعة أن أتعرف على “العيل” تبعنا 

أخيرا وليس آخرا، جميل جدا تمثيل عدد كبير من الحضارات الإنسانية في مكان واحد!

 
# مقالة ويكيبيديا عن مسلة ميشع: https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4_%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B4%D8%B9
 
Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Not kissing the statue… Standing only in front of it!

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In the background, “the Gänseliesel (English: Goose Girl, Goose Lizzy”, which is according to Wikipedia*, “a fountain which was erected in 1901 in front of the mediaeval town hall of Göttingen, Germany. Although rather small in size, the fountain is the most well-known landmark of the city. Today, it is an essential part of graduation celebrations, for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Göttingen has to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the goose girl.”

Unfortunately, I did not finish a doctorate at the local university to take a photo of me kissing “the Goose girl”. Therefore, photographing myself in front of it!

Photos of graduates kissing the statue: https://www.google.de/search…

*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4nseliesel

Arab Christians in the Time of ISIS

I came today upon the article below. Christians from Arab countries are fleeing and those remaining, are sometimes discriminated against and of course at other times killed. Israel presents itself, among other things, as a country, where all citizens have equal rights.

I hope that others would learn the importance of being open-minded and accepting minorities!!! In a perfect situation, accepting minorities and respecting them is not a favor, gift, or act of kindness of the majority… It is a right of each citizen to be treated equal under the law! Here in Germany for example, I have quickly and easily noticed how the foreigners are vehemently protected by the state. I wish it existed the same thing in a country like Egypt, where Copts, who are not immigrants, cannot easily have the simple right of building churches. Not to speak of churches being burnt or bombed! 

The article: http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/2015/10/christian-trailblazer-israels-first-arab-manager-of-a-govt-hospital/

Ruhrgebiet’s English Book Club (REBoC)

Hello fellow book aficionados!

Welcome to the Ruhrgebiet English Book Club (REBoC), the first Ruhrgebiet-based book club! Lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike are welcome to join us as we will be reading and discussing a large range of books. While it is absolutely not required that English is your first language, be advised that we will be reading only books written in English.

We meet on a monthly basis and we follow the traditional book club format. This means that in each meeting we will decide on what book we want to read and discuss it in the meeting that follows. For this reason, whenever we are finished with one book, each group member is encouraged to recommend a book to the group so that we can explore a variety of literature.

We are based in Bochum but can meet anywhere in the Ruhrgebiet region (Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, Duisburg, and everywhere inbetween), depending on what attending members of any given event want.

We look forward to meeting you all!

URL of the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/de/ruhrgebiet-english-book-club

  • First meetup: “Meet ‘n’ Greet + Decide On Our First Book!”, Saturday 12.12.2015, 16:00, link.

– REBoC-Team
(Description was last updated: 22.11.2015)

English Book Club (Dortmund, Bochum and surroundings)

I searched and asked a lot and then much surprised that I had not found an English book club in or around Dortmund. Even in whole North Rhein-Westphalia, I only found one in Düsseldorf! I kept asking people until one told me, “You did not find one! Then establish one!”. So, here I am trying it!

Are there any people interested? We can meet in Dortmund or Bochum? What do you think? Any suggestions?

URL of the group:

– MeetUp: www.meetup.com/de/English-Book-Club-Meetup/

 

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