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Nablus - نابلس: Nablus The Culture

Posted by Mohammad M. Hakawati on September 7, 2007
* Old Spaeces "The Old City Souq"
The old city is a large residential and market
area featuring many old buildings and lively
street scenes and activities.There are impressive
mosques, souqs, Turkish baths and traditional
soap factories, which are worth exploring.

From Al-Hussein Square, the way to the Old
City is a route lined with shops selling Palestinian
sweets such as Knafeh , Baklawa or Burma for
which Nablus is renowned.

* Famous Products "Nabulsi Soap"
The birth of the Nablus soap industry can be traced back hundreds of years to the tenth century. Most of factories are located in the old city. At the outset of
the 19th century Nablus was a home for more than
30 soap factories. Most of them are still functioning. The soap factory was a symbol of industrial and
social enterprise. It was also an indicator of wealth
and influence. The soap made from pure olive oil, water, and elm ashes as well as plaster, obtained
mainly from local groves.

* Famous People "Al-Hakawati"Ibrahim Touqan"Fadwa Touqan"
*Ibrahim Touqan
He is a well-known Palestinian literary character,
a national patriotic poet, He was born in nablus in 1905, he took his bachelor degree in literature from
the American University of Beirut in 1934. In 1937,
he married Samia Abdel Hadi, and they had a son, Ja?afar . from 1936-41 served as sub-director in
charge of the Arabic Programmer Section of the Jerusalem Palestine Broadcasting Station, he played quite a role, in spreading classics of Arabic literature
on air. In 1941, Ibrahim died in the French Hospital
in Jerusalem. He was only 36.

*Fadwa Touqan
She was born in Nablus in 1917. She began writing in the traditional forms, she was one of the leaders of the use of the free verse in Arabic poetry. Her works deal with feminine explorations of love and social protest. After 1967, she also began writing patriotic poems.
Her autobiography published in 198,?A Mountainous Journey?, was translated into English in 1990.
Tuqan received the International Poetry Award in Palermo,Italy She was awarded the Jerusalem Award for Culture and Arts by the PLO in 1990 and the United Arab Emirates Award in 1990.
She also received the Honorary Palestine prize for poetry in 1996. She was the subject of a documentary film directed by novelist Liana Bader in 1999.

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