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A Tribute Seminar and a Night of Homage by the Egyptian Writers Union … to Honor the Late Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain … The Man and the Foundation

March 6, 2024

In an evening filled with love and loyalty, the General Syndicate of the Egyptian Writers Union organized a tribute seminar for the late poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, titled "Abdulaziz Albabtain: The Man and the Foundation." The event was attended by a selection of writers, intellectuals, and cultural figures from Egypt, alongside the late poet's son, Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Albabtain, and his grandson, Youssef Al-Ghanim. Also present were a group of academics, intellectuals, and media personalities.

The seminar was chaired by Dr. Baseem Abdel Azim and the writer Ahmed Fadl Shabloul. During the event, the writer and journalist Mustafa Abdullah spoke extensively about the establishment of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Arab Poetry. Additionally, the writer Ahmed Shabloul discussed his relationship with the late poet and the foundation, as well as his tenure at Al-Bawadi Channel.

Dr. Bassem Abdel Azim recited his poem "Abu Saud," which he composed during his visit with a delegation from Al-Ahsa Literary Club to the poet Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain at his farm in Al-Shayt, Saudi Arabia. In his speech, he emphasized the generous hospitality of the late Abdulaziz Albabtain.

Then, Dr. Fawzi Khedr spoke about his relationship with the late Abdulaziz Albabtain and the Albabtain Cultural Foundation. He highlighted Albabtain's support for his Arabic language courses in Alexandria, funded by the Albabtain Foundation, and the printing of his book "Elements of Artistic Creativity in the Poetry of Ibn Zaydun."

Dr. Mustafa Abu Shawarib also discussed his relationship with the late Abdulaziz Albabtain, which began when he was a student and continued as he became a lecturer, emphasizing his affiliation with the Albabtain Foundation. He highlighted Abdulaziz Albabtain's efforts in serving the Arabic language and Islam, as well as the educational scholarships funded by the Foundation. Abu Shawarib also mentioned the extensive printing activities of the foundation, which amounted to 467 books, including various volumes.

Dr. Mustafa Abu Shawarib also spoke about Abdulaziz Albabtain's contribution to the Arabization efforts in the Comoros Islands, which was brought to his attention by the writer Ahmed Fadl Shabloul. He discussed Albabtain's role in educational missions to Islamic republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as well as his support for the children of martyrs during the Gaza uprising.

All participants extensively spoke about the poetic encyclopaedias "Manajim Albabtain" (Mines of Albabtain), as the late Abdulaziz Albabtain preferred to call them. These encyclopaedias, which meticulously documented the majority of poets and their poems throughout different eras, were arranged according to an alphabetical order.

In the end, certificates of appreciation were distributed to the son and grandson of the deceased, as well as to the speakers.

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