Intellectual meeting at ICESCO Headquarters,  Different reading of the book “Hadi Al-Oshaq”
June 1, 2022 0

The Headquarters of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), in Rabat, hosted an intellectual meeting on the book “Hadi Al-Oshaq,” written by Dr. Al-Tohamy Al-Harraq, to introduce the mystical and artistic experience of his mentor, Sheikh Abdellatif Benmansour, one of the masters of Sufi Samaa and music in the Kingdom of Morocco, with the participation of a host of researchers, writers and music composers.

The meeting, held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, falls within the activities of the celebration of Rabat, Culture Capital in the Islamic World for 2022, and within the framework of ICESCO’s efforts to introduce and promote the rich intangible heritage of Muslim countries, where the arts of Madih and Samaa are part of this unique authentic heritage.

The meeting began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an, then a general presentation by Dr. Saber Moulay Ahmed, Expert at ICESCO Center for Civilizational Dialogue, wherein he indicated that the book “Hadi Al-Oshaq” highlights a great figure and mentor in the fields of Madih, Samaa and authentic culture. Afterward, Dr. Al-Tohamy Al-Harraq, writer and researcher in Sufi thought and music, emphasized that his book is an expression of gratitude to his mentor, Sheikh Abdellatif Benmansour, praising his talent and strong memory, his memorization of the Qur’an, and his rare knowledge of its verses, which contributed to his unique achievements in the field of Sufi art and music.

Dr. Al-Harraq added that Benmansour had a unique musical and literary knowledge base, as he composed more than a thousand tunes and presided over several Madih performances.

Dr. Nabil ben Abdeljalil, researcher and music composer, presented scientific and academic insights into the theoretical concepts of the book, which adopted an approach that analyzes the personality of the late Benmansour and explained the concepts related to Sufi music, the method of performance, rhythm, Madih, Samaa and Mizan a’Durj.

Dr. Abdelaziz Baya, researcher in Moroccan literature and Sufism, highlighted that the book “Hadi Al-Oshaq” is an opportunity to introduce and remind the world of the originality of the Moroccan civilization.

In his address, Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General (DG), thanked Dr. Al-Harraq and welcomed the participants to discuss an outstanding book in the field of music and art. “We celebrate and review the key ideas and values depicted in the book, particularly loyalty, which is very valuable because it recognizes the fulfilments of Sheikh Benmansour in the arts of Madih and Samaa.

Dr. AlMalik presented a shield to Dr. Al-Harraq in appreciation of his efforts to preserve the heritage of the art of Samaa, while Dr. Al-Harraq presented a collection of his books to ICESCO DG.

Dr. Abdelilah Benarafa, Deputy DG of ICESCO, indicated that the Organization holds this meeting as a house of expertise, which strives to protect and document the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, adding that Benmansour had composed over a thousand tunes.

After that, the floor was open for discussion and questions before Dr. Al-Harraq and his group presented a musical interlude from the musical heritage of the late Sheikh Benmansour.

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