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    15th March 2005 ¡V 15th April 2005
    Marrakech, Morocco
    (Al Bahea Palace)
    (Open to the General Public)

    Welcome the ¡§Andalusian Days Festival¡¨

    This project, like various other projects, has been launched by certain governments and organizations in an effort to face the challenges recently encountered in the field of conflict of civilizations. This effort has been very effective in educating the public at large in the Islamic culture. In this regard, we, at the Center for Andalusian Studies and Dialogue among Civilizations (CASDAC) and Markeight for International Marketing Ltd. Co., jointly endeavor to highlight the role of Islamic civilization in Andalusia.


    The Center for Andalusian Studies and the Dialogue Among Civilizations is an international non-governmental cultural organization enjoying legal personality. It has been founded with unlimited term and its head office is located in the city of Rabat.
    The Center for Andalusian Studies and the Dialogue Among Civilizations "CASDAC" has been honored with the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz and his brother King Mohammad VI, the Monarch of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Center is also privileged with a special consideration from HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahad, the honorary Chairman of CASDAC. The Board of Directors of CASDAC is chaired by HE Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Angary.

    The most important objectives of the Center for Andalusian Studies and the Dialogue Among Civilizations include:

    ♦ Encourage the conduct of studies and research works related to various aspects of Arab and Islamic civilization in Andalusia, especially in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and pure science;
    ♦ Conduct periodic seminars and forums to discuss the various aspects of Arab and Islamic civilization in Andalusia and dialog among civilization, with the participation of Arab and foreign researchers to be selected by the CASDAC;
    ♦ Encourage the translation of relevant studies and research works to and from Arabic and foreign languages;
    ♦ Encourage dialogue among civilizations and cultures to support coexistence and to foster mutual understanding that would achieve the objectives of peace, development and prosperity of various peoples of the world;
    ♦ Publish periodical issues that are specialized in Andalusian studies and dialogue among civilizations;


    ♦ Correction of misconceptions on the Islamic civilization particularly that of northwest Africa (Maghrib);
    ♦ Conveying an international message that would contribute to changing the wrong western and eastern stereotyped images of Islam;
    ♦ Establishing the image of Islam as a civilization of peace and a faith of fair dealing rather than terrorism and suppression;
    ♦ Promoting the image of Islam as a faith of forbearance, civilization and dialogue that accepts, deals fairly with, and never expels the other.

    Andalusian Days Festival will last for thirty days from 15/03/2005G with several events to be held simultaneously over the whole duration of the festival, as follows:

    „P Andalusia Musical Events (Mowashahat Andalusia);
    „P Andalusia Gourmet Cuisine Exhibition
    „P Andalusia theatrical shows;
    „P Cultural lectures;
    „P Andalusia folk short story (Hakawaty)
    „P Andalusia Fashion and Jewelry Shows;
    „P Andalusia Perfumes and Balm Exhibition;
    „P Andalusia Green Island Exhibition;
    „P Andalusia Art Gallery Exhibition;
    „P Andalusia Old Handwriting Exhibition;
    „P Exhibition of old Andalusia photographs; and
    „P Child World Exhibition

    Andalusian Musical Events (Muwashahat Andalusia)
    Duration: Ten Days (i.e. one concert each day)
    Place: Al-Badea Palace

    All orchestras participating in the festival events share the common feature of thriving on the Andalusian musical heritage in their art. Despite the different artistic language, musical instruments, composition, or rhythm used, they all draw on one single resource, i.e. the Andalusian singing tradition.

    The Andalusian Green Island Exhibition
    Duration: First Week of Festival
    Place: Al-Bahea Palace
    Organizer & Sponsor: Green Island City - Spain

    This event will be organized on the first millennium commemorating the death of Al-Mansour Ibn Abi Aamir, one of the most resourceful rulers of Andalusia. The Green Island is a city that had a key role in the history of Andalusia. It was the 1st city to be built by the Muslims in Iberia in 712G. Its strategic location explains why it played a major and decisive role in the outcome of many battles. This event will introduce the magnificent era of the Green Island history, the era of Muslim existence; giving a complete image of the political, military, cultural, economic, and social life in Green Island between the 8th and 15th centuries.

    Andalusia Gourmet Cuisine Exhibition
    Duration: One Week
    Place: Al-Bahea Palace under the supervision of Al-Ma'mounia Hotel Restaurant
    and Al-Yaqout (Rubies) Restaurant

    In this event, traditional food from the Andalusian heritage will be displayed and served, e.g. Kukus, Lawziya and Pickles Dish quoted from two unique Andalusian resources dating back to the 7th Hijraic calendar century (12th Century). The aim of the display of such dishes is to get gourmets closer to an Andalusian era when foods and drinks harmonize with music, art works, manuscripts, photographs, and other festival activities.

    Andalusian Theatrical Shows
    Duration: First Week of Festival
    Place: Royal Stage, Marrakech

    The Arab stage troupe of Madrid Autonoma University consists of professors and students of the Arabic & Islamic Studies Department of the University collaborate in educating the public in the Islamic Civilization heritage and supporting the Arabic language and literature within the University and the Spanish society. The most popular stage work of the troupe is its play "The Clown" ,written by the Syrian writer Mohammad Al-Maghout.

    Andalusia in Folk Tales

    The courtyard of Al-Fina' Mosque represents a verbal human heritage and is classified as such by the UNESCO. In fact, the verbal heritage embodied by the courtyard is a talking image of an epical realm lavishly enriched with its ancestors' drawn pedigree. The courtyard stands as a stage for verbally narrated folklore in the rings of the circle (Al-Halaqa).

    Tales that will be narrated as part of the festival events:

    A tale of the wonders of North Africa and Andalusia
    This tale will be narrated by Al-Hala'iqi Abdul Raheem Al-Magwary, nicknamed "Al-Azaliya" (The Timeless) who was so fond of the Al-Fina' Mosque Plaza until he became one of its prominent figures. The popular Arabic poems in strophic form (Zajal), tales and farcical and showy drolls which he memorizes reflect the originality of the epical realm of Al-Fina' Mosque Plaza that lavishly offers its visitors a fortune of marvelous tales and exiting shows.

    A tale of Yusuf Bin Tashfeen¡¦s crossing to Andalusia
    Duration: Whole month of Festival
    Place: Al-Fina¡¦ Mosque Courtyard

    Mohammad Bariz, who will narrate this tale, is considered to be one of the most renowned Hala'iqis of Al-Fina' Mosque courtyard nowadays. He revives the souls and stirs up the memories of those who sit in circles around him to listen to the Antariya (The biography of Antar Ibn Shaddad), the biography of the Black Knight, the biography of Princess That Al-Himma, and other tales of the Arabian Nights. This great narrator excels most in telling the biography of our Prophet Mohammad (May Allah bless him and grant him salvation), his military expeditions, and the glories of the Islamic conquests.

    Andalusia Art Gallery Exhibition
    Duration: Whole month of Festival
    Place: Al Bahea Palace

    A selected number of plastic artists will participate in this event, including: Abdulahlim Radawi from Saudi Arabia, Paura Arinal and Felix Pegeau from Spain, Ibrahim Al Amri and Saeed Al Masaari from Morocco. This is going to be a thematique type of event that will focus on Andalusian inspired subjects that vary according to the surrounding psychological settings at the moment of artistic creation and according to the extent of intimacy that bonds the participant artists with the subject and kindles their imagination that would be expressed in color and form representations.

    Andalusia Old Handwriting Exhibition
    Duration: Whole month of Festival
    Place: Al Bahea Palace

    The Andalusia old handwriting tradition is considered to be a priceless treasure and a live witness to the level of civilization in Andalusia. The manuscripts on display represent various fields of knowledge in which the Andalusians have excelled, including medicine, astronomy, literature, music, philosophy as well as some scarce copies of the Holy Quran. Acquaintance with these manuscripts will give the visitor an idea of the level of knowledge that the Andalusians had reached and to appreciate their delicate taste in fields of art and aesthetics.

    Exhibition of Old Andalusia Photographs
    Duration: Whole month of Festival
    Place: Al Bahea Palace
    Since its initial creation in the early days of the nineteenth century, ingenious photographers found the ancient ruins of Andalusia to be the best ground to commemorate this art. For this reason, the photographs that go back to this early stage of photography are considered to be scarce pieces of art. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Angari keeps in his private bookcase a collection of such photographs which will be on display in this exhibition. They will give a clear idea of the level of photography two centuries ago as manifested in a selection of remarkable scenes from Andalusia.

    Lectures on Andalusian Heritage

    To shed more light on the theme of the events of the festival, lectures have been scheduled to tackle subjects of relevance to the events of this festival. One lecture will be delivered daily for the first week of the festival. Three persons will participate in each such lecture: a key-note speaker (lecturer), the person who will introduce the lecturer, and the commentator.
    Subjects that will be discussed in these cultural lectures include:

    ¡´ Andalusia Musical Heritage
    Two lectures have been scheduled to tackle this subject: The first will deal with the essence of Andalusia music: its history and the method by which it spread to the various countries of the Mediterranean basin and other courtiers like Germany and Bosnia. The second lecture will discuss the subject of ¡§Mowashahat Andalusia¡¨, to by the renowned sociologist and historian, Ibn Khaldoun.

    ¡´ Archeological Discoveries in Andalusia over the last two decades
    This lecture will give some information on hundreds of the archeological relics that date back to the Arab-Muslim era in Andalusia, which were discovered in a number of cities in Andalusia, such as Cordova, Zahra¡¦ City and the Green Island.

    ¡´ The Scientific Value of Andalusia Manuscripts
    This lecture will elaborate on the location of these manuscripts, their current condition, classification, subjects and scientific value.

    ¡´ Andalusia Philosophers and Scientists in Morocco
    This lecture explains how the Morabitan and Mowahidan eras, during which Andalusia was attached to Morocco, fostered cultural communication across the Gibraltar strait. During these two eras, a large number of philosophers and scientists moved from Andalusia to Marrakech. These included Ibn Rushd, Ibn Al Tofail and Ibn Al Araif, who lived and died in Marrakech.

    ¡´ Islamic Architecture in Andalusia
    In this lecture, multimedia technology will be applied in restructuring a selected number of Andalusia¡¦s relics. Accordingly, through the designs displayed on a computer monitor, the audience will be acquainted with the building materials used in Andalusian architecture and the method of building and decorating walls with verses from the Holy Quran.

    Cuisine in Andalusia
    Duration: First Week of Festival

    This lecture will review certain manuscripts that deal with cuisine and catering in Andalusia, the characteristic features, ingredients used and the relation between cuisine and the environment on the one hand and the geographical location on the other hand.

    Child World Exhibition
    Duration: Whole month of Festival

    This event has been designed to attach children to the history and culture of their nation and to ensure that a large sector of the population would participate and interact with this event, a competition has been designed for children less than fourteen years of age which includes imaginary paintings of certain design works and other cultural aspects of Andalusia as well as questions and answers on subjects related to the history of Andalusia.

    Andalusia Fashion and Jewelry Shows
    Duration: Whole month of Festival
    Place: Al Bahea Palace

    The Andalusian era is characterized by its diversified culture and art, the most prominent of which are textiles and silk garments wherein design of clothes in this era reflects a high public taste as manifested in the fashionable clothes.

    Andalusia Perfumes and Balm Exhibition
    Duration: First Week of Festival
    Place: Al Bahea Palace

    During the Andalusian era, Muslim scientists excelled in chemistry especially in the combination of certain blends of perfume that was spread in huge circulation to the Andalusian society.

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    Project Coordinator
    P.O. Box 240935
    Riyadh 11322
    Saudi Arabia
    Tel: +966 1 480 6470
    Fax: +966 1 480 6507
    Mobile: +966 5 09846203

    Project Coordinator
    P.O. Box 240935
    Riyadh 11322
    Saudi Arabia
    Tel: +966 1 480 6470
    Fax: +966 1 480 6507
    Mobile: +966 5 09846203