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Children of Gebelaawi Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1578890385
ISBN-10: 1578890381
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Arabic
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Passeggiata Pr; Revised edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578890381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578890385
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is wonderful, it draws you into a racing plot and almost forces you to become emotinally attached to the characters. It is, on the surface, a history of an Alley in Cairo and its inhabitants as they relate to heroic figures that cropped up in their history. However, just under the surface it is clearly a treatise on progressive revelation, with each hero representing a Manifestation of God. As the plot unwinds the lives of the Prophets become very real to the reader, and the truth that Their Missions are best demonstrated by the lives they lead is perfectly and succinctly put across. Reference is made to the Manifestations recognised by Islam, Adam, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and "another," corresponding to Adham, Gebel, Rifaa, Qaasim and Arafa in the book. The individual qualities of the Prophets are very clearly put across, as is their underlying similarity, and the book wisely leaves the story unconcluded but with a glimmer of hope that the cause of the Manifestation of Arafa still continues. Although I have some idea as to the true identity of Arafa, I feel it would be unwise to put my views across here because of the controversy they may cause. However, I am willing to give my views on request, and I must stress that these are my views only, and not those of the author or the Baha'i Community, of which I am a member. I can only express my gratitude to the author by demonstrating the depth to which he has touched the purpose of my existence:- "Oppression must end as night yields to day. We shall se in our Alley the death of tyranny and the dawn of miracles" - Children of Gebelaawi. "These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the Most Great Peace shall come." - Baha'i Faith
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Nobel laureate Nafuib Mahfouz, is an artist who put his life at risk by publishing this great work. Despite his position as the greatest living Arabic author, or perhaps because of it, fundamentalists have made several attempts on his life, almost succeeding in 1994.
Children of Gebelaawi, also published as Children of the Alley, tells biblical and Islamic history as a parable painting the Divine as the overlord and humanity as the generations who live in the alley just beyond the walls. The stories of characters representing Adam, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad are each told in turn, offering a fascinating portrait of each and their influence on humanity. The writing is lyrical and poetic and the story is extremely moving.
Not since, Nikos Kazantzakis's Last Temptation has anyone offered such a beautiful and thought provoking image of religion. In short, a must read.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2001
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Children of Gebelaawi is one of the greatest books of all time. Naguib Mahfouz is a writer with a profound understanding of the human condition. This book is a history of the world, an analogy of the lives of great religious figures from Moses on up, a moral history of immense proportions describing the strengths and weaknesses and foibles of humankind. Recent events in the Middle East render his balanced voice even more poignant. It is so sad, so ironic that he was attacked by fundamentalists a few years ago.
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