Lectures at Al-Saeed Forum, Taiz [Archives:2004/767/Community]

August 26 2004

By Yemen Times Staff

A cultural symposium was held Thursday July 29 at the al-Sa'eed Cultural Hall in Taiz. Among the participants were Dr. Jean Campert, director of the French Center for Archeology and Social Studies and author of the book “Tib al-Nufoos fi al-Ghina'a al-Sana'ani” [Medicine of Souls on Sana'ani Songs], and Yemeni researcher Mohammed Abdul-Rahman Jazim.
The symposium was organized by the al-Sa'eed Cultural Establishment and presented by Mr. Faisal Sa'eed Fare', director of the establishment. He opened the symposium with a speech, welcoming the audience and introducing the creative works of the participants.
He said that the symposium comes as part of the al-Saeed establishment's cultural activities program. “It is exceptional, and is dedicated to celebrate the event of the year- Sana'a as the 2004 Arab Cultural Capital,” said he.
Researcher Jazim reviewed his editing of a reference book titled “Nour al-Ma'arif fi Nudhum wa Quanin wa A'araf al-Yemen fi al-Ahd al-Mudhafari al-Warif, Dawlat Bani Rasoul wa al-Dawr allathi Saham fi Izdihar al-Yemen.” [The Lights of Knowledge on the Systems, Laws and Conventions of Yemen in the Prosperous Mudhafari Reign, the Rasouli State and the Role that Contributed in Yemen's Prosperity].
The book was published by the French Center for Archeological and Cultural studies, which carries out and sponsors studies on Yemen and other states in the region, whilst supporting several Yemeni organizations' cultural activities.
Then, Dr. Jean gave a summary on his book, reviewing the situation of Yemeni poetry since the 17th century, its move from having Kawkaban as its' center and the arrival of Sana'ni song in Aden. A type of song performed with the accompaniment of a musical instrument known in Sana'a as “Torbi” and in Saioon as the “qunboos”.
Adding that the French Center for Archeological and Cultural studies has granted makers of oud and qunboos financial support to encourage them to preserve this handicraft.
During the symposium, there were several wider discussions as well as the answering of many questions posed from the audience.
In addition to the aforementioned the symposium was attended by Dr. Abdullah al-Thifani with a number of intellectuals and writers, as well as members of the woman's art sector.