* Aden College website received an email from
Gilbert Isaac (email@example.com).
In it he spoke about the the painting of Aden by
Dr. Jose P. Rizal. He drew the painting when he travelled by ship through Aden in 1887. Here is the content of the text of the email.
I am Gilbert Isaac, a Knight of Rizal and a researcher.
I am writing a book about the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal which is going to be published with students as the target audience.
In the book included is the travels of Dr. Rizal from Spain going home to his native country Philippines for the first time after an absence of 5 years.
Dr. Rizal drew a sketch of the city of Aden in this trip, among other sketches.
I am pleasantly surprised that your website under
"Aden history" contains one of his sketches which
is the city of Aden as he saw it on July 13, 1887.
In your website just below his sketch is another
picture described as "Aden Tawahi port in 1800s.
Hogg’s clock is in the rear".
In this connection, may I have your permission to
include and use this particular picture with the ship in my book.
By the way, the sketch of Dr. Rizal was labelled
by you as "Aden port as it was sketched by the traveller Spaniard Jose Rizal in 1800s." Dr. Rizal is a natural born Filipino of Filipino parentage. It is true that the Philippines at that time of his travel was a colony of Spain.
I have a website www.rizalinfo.net which is devoted to our national hero and in this website you can find all his extant letters, poems, sketches, paintings and sculptures and other works. It is structured as a database.
Looking forward to your favorable answer.
The editors of Aden College website are grateful to Mr. Isaac for his kind email, and made the necessary correction of the error in describing Dr. Rizal as a Spaniard.
* Aden College website managed to link by email between two Aden College alumni; Abdulla Taher Ali Abdulla and Farooq Murshid after losing touch for more than 40 years.
Both alumni studied at Aden College and both lived at Hans Crescent in London, UK. Both won scholarships to the study in London, UK. Alumnus Abdulla is a frequent visitor of Aden. He is a fan of Adeni musicians. He believes that singers and composers Ahmed Cassim and Mohamed Murshid Nagi were a gift from Allah to Aden and the Gulf.
* Dr. Shihab Ghanem sent the program of Soka
Gakkai International (SGI)'s annual third edition of the poetry symposium: " Poetic Heart: Connecting Humanity - 2014". SGI is located in Dubai. The symposium was held during the month of February for a full day. Dr. Shihab and Dr. Qais Ghanem along with other poets from all over the world participated in the symposium by reciting Arabic, English, German, Italian, Urdu, Malayalam, Japanese, Hindi Tamil and Farsi poems.
Click here to see the program.
Click here for the web site.
* Dr. Adel Aulaqi wrote a paper entitled "Remembering Camels in Aden 1946-1961" which was first published in selected papers from the First International Conference
on "Camel Cultures: Historical Traditions, Present Threat, and Future Prosects" by the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS),London 24-25 May 2011. Edited : Ed Emery. First published RN Books, London, April 2013. ISBN
Click here to read the paper.
* Dr. Qais Ghanem published an article in Gulfnews of Dubai entitled "Calling Harper's bluff on Israel". The article coincided with the visit made by the Prime Minister of Canada to the Middle East. His first stop was Israel. Mr. Steven Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada is a staunch supporter of Israel and it's policies against the Palestinians.
Read the article here.
* Wajdi Al Saidi sent us a description of the book "Mad Mich's Tribal Law: Aden and the End of Empire" by Aaron Edwards. The book is sold online by Amazon, UK.
It describes the the events on June 20th, 1967 war against the British in Aden and said:
"Crater had come to symbolise Arab nationalist defiance in the face of the world's most powerful empire. Hovering 2,000 ft. above the smouldering destruction, a tiny Scout helicopter surveys the scene. Its passenger is the recently arrived Commanding Officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Mitchell. Soon the world's media would christen him 'Mad Mitch., in recognition of his controversial reoccupation of Crater two weeks later."
To find the book at Amazon click here.
* A video documentary called "Indian Heritage sites in Aden" was produced by The Ministry of Indian External Affairs, External Publicity Division and posted on YouTube.
The video documentary is in English and is 25minutes long. The documentary tells the story of the British Invasion of Aden in 1839. The first wave of Indian expatriates arrived with the British from Gujarat, India. At the time of the invasion India was part of the British Empire. Hence, Aden was ruled directly from India by the East India Company until 1937 when India became independent.
There were more immigrants from different parts of India. There were Parsi, Hindu, Buhra and other sects who were an influence on the local inhabitants.
Indian rupees were the official currency in Aden. Spices and Indian cooking were the essence of Arab dishes and Indian movies and Urdu language became part of many households in Aden.
The Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi paid a visit by ship to Aden on his way to London, UK in August 2nd, 1931.
To watch the video click here.
* Alumnus Wajdi Al Saidi said in an email that
The British Treasury has issued recently a 5
Pounds Sterling note which carries the portrait
of Tariq Ibn Ziad for use as a currency in the colony of Gibraltar.
Tariq is considered to be one of the most important military commanders in Iberian history in 711 A.D. Under the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I he led a large army from the north coast of Morocco, consolidating his troops at a large hill now known as Gibraltar. The name "Gibraltar" is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Tāriq (جبل طارق), meaning "mountain of Tariq", named after him.