An 800 years Arabic Dietetic book!

I’ve spent the day reading Taqwīm al-ṣiḥḥah تقويم الصحّة, a manuscript written by Ibn Buṭlān, it was presented to Saladin’s son, الملك الظاهر, the King of Aleppo in 1213 AD. Basically, the book is a long mesmerizing chart that’s briefly reviewing many kinds of food, herbs, habits, even music, and sports!

All pages of the content are having the same design, for an instant, the following page is reviewing some types of fruits, and what are the cons and pros and why? And what’s the targeted age group.. plus much interesting information:

What’s the difference between الكمثرى and الأجاص ?

And here is an interesting clipping, which talks about Maqlouba on the section of dishes!

The section of bread types made me look exactly like this emoji: Exploding head

At Al-Hallabat

I didn’t post anything here for a long time, so I decided to make a good return with this photographic article, I have recently visited Al-Hallabat historic site in Zarqa governorate, it includes the magnificent Umayyad palace and mosque, over a hill covered with unlimited textures and tones of flint stone, plus, while flipping the stones and big rocks you might be lucky as me and find glass, pottery and fossils!

Let’s start with stones:


The following capture is something! I was so amazed to find small fragments of mosaic scattered in the hill (Out side the historical palace and mosque) As you see, they comes in various colors, the different tones from lime green to turquoise are super rare to my eyes!

Umayyad glass:

Some weird objects:


More generic photos of my visit:

Titles of Sultana Film 1966

It was really long time since I posted here! So, right now, we are living the Corona Covid-19 virus era, where all of the earth has been affected and all countries have took many safety measures to fight that epidemic.

Everyone at home either working or wasting time, for me I was handling a research and it lead me to a surprisingly beautiful result!

A trailer on youtube for an old Syrian film starring Samira Tewfik in 1966, I have got the pamphlet already at my personal archive, take a look on the trailer printed pamphlet first:

I think this represent the film’s poster
Inner page have lyrics of the songs and some footage of the film.

I’ve tried a lot to find the film to watch it, but never could do that, it wasn’t available as per my search. Until the moment of researching again I’ve found the trailer of it! Which is great, since i’m very interested to see the titles of the film and how they were made.

The long awaited material!

As expected, the titles had blew my mind! Look at the main one:

Amazing style at the intro!
Another design for the end!
That one is SUPER NUT!!

The film was beautifully made, I still wish to see the full film some day!

Finally, those amazing titles were designed by the Syrian Calligrapher Fawzi Al-Tawwam.

In Cairo after 8 years!

A quick walk in Cairo streets will immediately reveal the rich contrast in the city, in all different levels and meanings, you’ll see the records of ups and downs beside each other, and that is very important since it answers many things to me: What happened to the Arab world? And what would happen tomorrow? In which direction we are going? And most importantly, are we learning from this valuable narrative source? 

I’ve passed beside these signs a few days ago, exactly on the 25th of January, my feelings were really disturbed! I stood up here before eight years, few months after the revolution, where the tents sill at the Tahrir square and every young person literally holding a stencil and spraying designs and messages! And now, I’m looking at this chunk of history, and reaching one conclusion:

Do not lose hope!


Dear Arabic type designer,

Kindly stop converting classical Arabic Calligraphic scripts into computer fonts, it wastes your time and hurt our eyes.

Best Regards,

“تفائلوا بالخير تجدوه”

في زيارتي الأخيرة للقاهرة، شاهدت العديد من صور الحماس والنشاط والعمل والجدية لدى المصريين في أماكن مختلفة، وكذلك عاينت بعض مشاهد الإحباط والسلبية والنكد! أنا مدرك تماماً لصعوبة الأوضاع الاقتصادية والمعيشية في مصر ومختلف الدول العربية الغلبانة، لكن بمجرد وصولي للشارع وتجوالي بين الناس وسماع قصصهم وهمومهم أحسست بالمشكلة، هناك نشاط مريب يتم ممارسته على الإعلام التقليدي والسوشيال ميديا لجعل الصورة سوداء وسيئة وكئيبة في نفوس البشر، هناك تيار يطبل ويزمر لأوهام وانجازات ومخترعين تجعل المتلقي يفقد الأمل. وبالإتجاه الآخر هناك تيار أسوء يحذرك من الخروج من منزلك وملامسة الرصيف لكثرة الأهوال والمخاطر وغياب الأمن!
ونحن ناس غلابا.. عاطفيين بطبيعتنا.. دراويش.. نتأثر بهذه التيارات.. وأصبحنا ندمن مشاهدة الإعلام بشراهة متزايدة.. وتمرّ علينا الإعلانات ونضغط اللايكات وتذهب الملايين لجيوب المعلنين ووكلائهم من دون أن ندري. وثم نصاب بالإكتئاب ونعاني الفشل!

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كتاب: ديوان الخط العربي في سورية – نقوش العمائر المملوكية

هذا الكتاب للباحث المصري د. فرج الحسيني، ومن اصدار مركز دارسات الخطوط بمكتبة الاسكندرية عام 2018 وتم طرحه للجمهور خلال معرض الكتاب الحالي في القاهرة. فيه توثيق لمعظم العمائر المملوكية الموجودة في عدة مدن سورية، وحتى لبعض المباني التي افتقدناها حديثاً كجامع يلبغا (تاريخ الهدم 1985).

يقع الكتاب في 564 صفحة، بقياس 29 * 29 سم.

– تعليقي على الكتاب: هو بالتأكيد مرجع هام يذكرني بكتب الراحل د. قتيبة الشهابي الموسوعية، وأتوقع أن يتبعه كتب أخرى عن العمائر الأيوبية والعثمانية. لكن أتمنى أن تتحسن طريقة استخلاص الكتابات وأسلوب عرضها، فبحسب ما شاهدت عند تصفحي للكتاب، هناك العديد من الاستخلاصات تمت على عجل وبدون مراعاة للتفاصيل الخطية.



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Used Book Shops in Amman

I just LOVE used books!

Nothing’s more magical to own a book after someone have read it, dog-eared some pages, and lift some doodles and notes here and there! Sometimes I find a book signed by its author, with few little words to another special person to her/him.. that is super incredible! Or a book that was exchanged between friends, family members and so on.. All of these details make the world of used books the right place for me.
Amman, as all​ ​other cities in the world have its own shops that sell second-hand books, hereunder my list for the best ones:

متاجر الكتب المستعملة في عمّان

• Mahall al-Maa محل الماء


Small shop located in Quraish street behind the Amman’s nymphaeum, owned by Hamzeh, a wonderful person, and a true booklover, Hamzeh has a massive collection of books, mostly rare ones! I spend hours and sometimes days overwhelmed his gems! Previously, Hamzeh inherited his late father’s​ ​bookshop under the name of Khazanet Aljahith, until 2017,​ ​he decided to launch his own new venture with a new brand name, and that was: Mahall al-Maa, which translate into English as: The Shop of Water, the concept behind that name came from the fact: water is essential for every life form, and so the books! Hamzeh believes in this value, therefore he launched a new initiative of its kind, he called it:”Take a book and pay as you wish!” Just to support the reading culture!


Despite the difficult economic situation of the country and this business, in particular, Hamzeh’s keeps his promise and encourage
his ‘Guests’ to maintain the reading habit, and he open a 24/7, even if that costs him a lot. A Nobel man! Please visit his facebook page from here.

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بلال، صديق عزيز، ولا يحبّ فيروز ولا أغانيها! لا أريد أن أعرف السبب، ولا أتوقع منكم الرغبة في ذلك أيضاً! ولأن أمر بلال يهمني، فلقد التمست له عذراً، وهو أنه ربما لم يستمع إلى فيروز من قبل! فكان لزاماً عليّ أن أعرفه بها في لائحتي للـ 21 أغنية الأقرب لي، في تاريخ ميلادها، الذي يصادف اليوم 21 تشرين ثاني / نوفمبر. والذي شاءت الإرادة الإلهية أن يكون في نفس يوم ميلادي!

سيدة فيروز: كل عام وأنتِ وأنا بخير.

1.  وينن – 1972 – مسرحية ناطورة المفاتيح – كلمات وألحان الأخوين رحباني:

2. أحب دمشق  – كلمات سعيد عقل:

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I’ve guided the design and crafts tour during the 2nd edition of Amman Design Week, the title of the tour was named after my new established project: ElHARF, which will be the home of calligraphy and Arabic visual arts.

The tour started from Calligrapher Shehadeh Haroun’s shop, to meet him and learn from his experience in silkscreen printing, Haroun still using the old-school methods that he acquired from the sign painters of Damascus once he was there 50 years ago! I’ve collaborated with Haroun to produce the English lettering of Amman Design Week, and to demonstrate the essential skills and give some funny tips for the tour members.


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