Picture via Natheer Halawani
A lot of people haven’t unfortunately heard about this decades-old library in Tripoli up until it got torched today, so I did some research and pulled out old pictures and information about the library and its owner Greek Orthodox Priest Ibrahim Sarrouj.
Al Sa’eh Library was founded in 1970 by the Orthodox Youth movement and consisted of a single room. Few years later, the library published around 10 books. In the early 1980s, they gradually started releasing Orthodox publications. In 1983, Samir Makhoul, Toni Boulos, Ibrahim Sarrouj decided to expand the library and bought the warehouse next to it.
Nowadays, the library has over 80,000 books (not copies), out of which 400 rare books. One of the oldest book in this library according to Father Sarrouj is one that dates back to 1817 written by an American Colonel and is estimated at around $3,000. Speaking of Father Sarrouh who’s a highly esteemed and respected individual in Tripoli, he has shown great interest in Islamic Studies despite being a Greek Orthodox.
The loss of this library is a huge one for Tripoli and Lebanon as a whole. I wish officials would have taken the necessary precautions to preserve it and protect it from the assholes who burned it down.
Sources Used for Pictures and Information:
Courtesy of British Pathe
Check out this awesome old footage from 1943 showing French troops patrolling the streets of Beirut to keep order as well as Lebanese people demonstrating and cheering in the streets. I couldn’t embed it but you can watch it [Here].
If you skip to Minute 1:26, you will see Amine Gemayel giving an interviewing to a French TV. Amine Gemayel was 33 years old back then and Sami is almost the same age now and he sounds and looks (Unless he cuts his hair) almost exactly like his father.
Picture taken from Asfar
Check out this channel [InaHistoire] if you’re interested in knowing more about the Lebanese Civil War and what was happening in Beirut during the 1975-1990 period.
This is a fictional map created by David Hury on his blog “Chroniques Beyrouthines”
an old map showing how the Metro could have been in Beirut. Metros and trains are much needed in Lebanon to cut down on traffic and congestion in the cities but we won’t be having any of them anytime soon, even if we manage to extract oil.
While looking for pictures of old Beirut, I found this fictional Metro map from 2009 on MappingBeirut. It was created in order to “add another virtual layer to the psychological and physical labyrinth of the city, focusing on the ever-present demarcation lines that were splitting Beirut during the long period of the civil war, and its relation to the social environment in post-war Beirut.” You can check the full post [Here].
Let’s see how long we’ll keep waiting for the train, or metro to come.
Every now and then, I feel like having a Unica and a Bonjus. It brings back a lot of memories and it’s still the same exact taste!
via Joe’s Box
The Rally of Lebanon is the only tarmac rally in the Middle East. The rally was first held in 1968 and has been won by Roger Feghali for the past 9 years (and probably this year too).
You can follow up news on the 2013 Edition of the rally [Here].