يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ
“Allah will raise up to (suitable) ranks (and degrees) those of you who believe and have been granted knowledge” [from the Holy Quran]
د. أيمن حسن الحلاق
PhD in Literature and Criticism
"The ship is the heterotopia par excellence. In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police takes the place of pirates." (Michel Foucault. Of Other Spaces (1967), Heterotopias)
Gassan Kanafani, the famous Palestinian novelist and short story writer, once described being a Palestinian as “passing safely between two bullets all the time.” I wonder what he would say if he lived long enough to describe life in Gaza now! Would he describe it like running fast on the sharp edge of a scalpel? Gaza to me, if not to all Gazans, is like what Dick Doughty, an American Journalist, described it in his article “Listening in Gaza”: Gaza. How do I name my expectations? The pleasureless salt in a glass of water; the cracked browned teeth in a smile; the echoes of a family in a single concrete room; the casual encirclement by concertina wire; the surveillance. And yet: the four ritual kisses of friends; the meeting of eyes; the wisp of steam from hot bread broken; the trusts. Where at a poetry reading I grimace from stray stenches. Where at a checkpoint I sigh from soft orange blossom. Where a boy is killed by the denial of papers. Where memories are held close like relics gathered before rumors of fire.
Welcome to higher education at the Islamic University of Gaza. Our objective is to build up a generation that is qualified enough and willing to proceed in the Palestinian march to freedom. It is a long walk but it’s worth it, as Abraham Lincoln once said, ”Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Our mission is to sharpen the axe.
اللهم أعنا على طاعتك و حسن عبادتك , اللهم و لا تجعل مصيبتنا في ديننا