Shaker Farid Hassan – Voice of the Bride – Arab Voice
Arab creations: art and culture – studies
Written by: Shaker Farid Hassan – Occupied Palestine..
These days, Palestinian cultural circles and academic elites commemorate the death of a great scholar of thought, contemporary Arab renaissance, human culture and Palestinian democracy, writer, intellectual and academic Hisham Sharabi. This brilliant and luminous intellectual who left the capital of the Palestinian coast, Jaffa, seeks freedom and seeks salvation for his Palestinian people, and builds with his thought, reason and efforts the architecture of human thought and the Arab civilization renaissance. Culture as a tool for change and liberation stems from the depths of human honesty and sincerity.
He had extensive experience in life and devoted his life and thought to the higher values and principles in which he believed and advocated, the values of love, goodness, justice and beauty.
Hisham Sharabi was passionate about innovation and originality, hated stagnation and petrification, and always demanded that we love life in its renewal, and that we conquer all manifestations of creation and creativity against the manifestations of stagnation, paralysis, dying and intellectual death.
Hisham Sharabi was born in Jaffa in 1927. He studied in its schools and then moved to Beirut. He was a witness to the political, intellectual and social transformations of the era. He studied at the American University and graduated from it in 1947, after which he traveled to Chicago and joined its university and prepared his doctoral thesis on “Civilizational History.” He then worked as a professor of history at Georgetown University. In 1967, he held the position of editor-in-chief of the magazine “Palestine Studies” and returned to Beirut in 1970. There he worked as a visiting professor at the American University. When the civil war broke out in Lebanon, he left it to return to the United States, where he lived and worked in its universities. After the signing of the Oslo Agreement, Hisham Sharabi was able to visit his city, which he loved and missed for a long time (Jaffa), during which he met many Palestinian personalities working in the fields of literature, culture and politics. In 1998 he returned to Beirut, where he lived his last years until he passed away in January 2005, and all intellectual, cultural, political and civil forums and institutions of Palestinian civil society mourned him.
Hisham Sharabi left behind him several works in politics, society, culture, criticism and biography, which are: “The Embers and Ashes, The Last Journey, Arab Intellectuals and the West, Introductions to the Study of Arab Society, the Patriarchal System and the Problem of the Underdevelopment of Arab Society, Civilized Criticism, Arab Society at the End of the Twentieth Century, the Middle East Contemporary, Middle Eastern Governments and Politics, Nationalism and Revolution in the Arab World, Deadly Predicament, Palestine and Resistance, Palestinian Fedayeen, Diplomacy and Strategy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Hisham Sharabi was deeply sensitive to the issues of his time and the concerns of his society, nation and people. He struggled with underdevelopment and intellectual oppression and contributed to formulating, popularizing and rooting the ideas of enlightenment, rationality and progress. The issue of Palestine occupied his mind and conscience, and he made great efforts to defend it in international forums and in the circles of world public opinion.
Hisham Sharabi died, erect, erect, noble and proud, and he remains in the mind, spirit, and conscience of the Palestinian, Arab and human race, with his ideas, history, struggle, civilizational heritage, belonging, love for Jaffa, and devotion to his homeland and its just and holy cause.
May your soul rest in peace, O lover of Jaffa, the city of sad oranges.