Mahmoud Messadi Man of letters


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Mahmoud Messadi

Disappearance of Mahmoud Messadi Man of letters Tunisian, Born in 1911, aggregate of Arabic, editor of review Al-Mabahith (1944-1947), secretary-general of the general Union of the Tunisian workers (1948-1953), Minister for the national education (1958), Mahmoud Messadi then became general inspector of teaching.

Masadi published in 1955 a written part fifteen years before, the Stopping (Al-Sadd), which was greeted like a masterpiece by the critic Egyptian Taha Hussein and was studied by the orientalists Massignon and Berque. The hero of this part, Ghaylan, is a superman who would like to improve the city, to produce, to create, "to brutally shake people until they do penitence of their weakness, their cowardice, their aversion for water and their love for the dryness".

According to Taha Hussein, Masadi knew to reconcile in this part Moslem philosophy with the existentialism, to treat, under the influence of Camus, the myth of Sisyphus, to describe the revolt which pushes the human reason to rise against the inhumanity of the absurdity. But Massignon qualifies Al-Sadd of "part ibsénienne", probably because it has certain common points with Brand. Nevertheless, the author affirms that it was not subject to any foreign influence and defines Al-Sadd as a "anthem in the action".

Messadi supported its thesis (on the rate/rhythm in Arab rimée prose) in the Sorbonne.

Other works of Messadi:

Genesis of the lapse of memory, the Known as ones of Abu Huraïra, Extract of the life of Oumrane. The Traveller, Sindbad and purity... One finds in the writings of Messadi the almost inimitable language this language which as well points out the maqamet of an author like Tawhidi. A language cut in the rock and crystalline. Mineral and fluid. Rational and poetic. This language which caused the admiration of Taha Husain, the senior of the Arab Letters. This language which is, with it only, our more beautiful defense and illustration of the Arab language.

Figurehead of the world of the letters, Messaadi was also a known politician to have initiated the generalization of modern teaching at the following day of independence (1956), before founding the first Tunisian university in 1960.
By his literary and intellectual creations "it will have contributed to the enrichment of the culture Arab and universal", the ministry for the Culture and the Inheritance in homage to the missing writer indicates.
Graduate of Arabic literature from the Sorbonne in Paris, Messaadi published in particular in 1955, "Essoud" (stopping), a philosophical work of reference, and "Hadatha Abou Houreira kal" (thus Abou Houraira spoke) and was translated into French, English, German, Chinese and Russian.
Member of the executive council of UNESCO of 1974 to 1980, it also has with his credit a work in French language on "esthetics and syntax in the Arab language".
Mahmoud Messadi had occupied several political positions and had directed the ministry for Education during ten years (1958-1968) during the reign of late president Habib Bourguiba.

In 1994, president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali decreed the price of the culture maghrébine to him and made publish his complete works in four volumes. The Tunisian media deplored the loss of one of the most eminent Tunisian thinkers of the 20th century.



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RE: Mahmoud Messadi Man of letters

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RE: Mahmoud Messadi Man of letters

Thanks Hank,

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