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An objectivity that speaks to the mind

Sultan writes with the ink of conscience

In all the works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, there is an unmistakable topical and thematic unity that indicates an overwhelming concern in and belonging to the various Arab causes, which is the consistent link that constitutes the common denominator in the vast creative variety discernible in all the works of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi in the various literary fields, including narration, theater, poetry, biography and essays, causing the works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi to be indelibly printed in the minds of people all over the world, as it addresses various topics fraught with themes and meanings that advocate the values of Islam and Arab nationalism and span many historical periods, while remaining firmly attached to social realities.

It is doubtless that any connoisseur of literary, historical and heritage-related works will find the works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah a journey of knowledge that is, at one and the same time, enjoyable and mind-stimulating, urges adherence to noble values and lofty morals and bespeaks an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject matter, particularly where it pertains to history and heritage or calls for research based upon solid facts and original references. Through the entire body of works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah delivers some enviable innovative analyses, particularly those addressing causes of primary concern to the Arab world, as well as questions of freedom and progress. The works of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi also delve deeply into themes of imperialism and liberation struggles that raged throughout the Arab world where His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi presents ideas and visions that reflect a wide ranging knowledge and an exceptional ability to analyst the most complex and interwoven events, while using an easily understandable  language even in his most complex works in order to ensure such works being accessible to readers of all intellectual levels.

Special Position

It is only natural that poetry should have the place of honor in the works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, particularly that of historical and documentary nature originally written by his grandfather, Sheikh Sultan bin Sakr bin Khaled Al Qasimi, former ruler of Sharjah(1924-1951), such as “Sobs of farewell, the last poems of Sheikh Sultan bin Sakr bin Khaled Al Qasimi, former ruler of Sharjah”, “Poetic Contest between Sheikh Sultan bin Sakr bin Khaled Al Qasimi and his friend, Sheikh Mohammad Ibn AbdulAziz AlSesdeeqy” and “AlTayeb-An anthology of poems by Sheikh Sultan bin Sakr bin Khaled Al Qasimi”. His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi expertly navigates through his grandfather’s poetic experience and sheds renewed light thereupon, particularly since such poetry was characteristically eloquent, Purity of language and Arabic originality.  His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi’s interest in such poems comes within the context of efforts exerted towards a more extensive publication of Emirati poetry at the turn of the twentieth century in order to preserve the poems produced by the earlier Emirati creative poets, particularly in the fields of classical and Nabatean poetry and to further preserve the Arabic language through thorough documentation of such works that are fraught with original vocabulary and expressions. His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has exerted commendable efforts in this connection, through systematic investigation of such works and providing enjoyable and lofty literary explanation of these poems that is meant to encourage the reader to read further.

Extensive Effort

One of the most discernible features of the narrative works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah is the extensive efforts exerted by his highness in the fields of investigation, inquiry, and documentation, which any responsible author must pursue in order not to muddle the reader’s mind with confused facts. In fact, the narrative works authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, travel through worlds charged with a multitude of themes and meanings in a journey through history where its values are adopted, its events adjudged, and parallels drawn between past occurrences and the present realities. These works, in addition to its informative content, are fraught with enjoyment and beauty, as they are not just a sterile narration of historical events, but rather a fertile analysis of present day thorny and interwoven issues in order to present appropriate solutions and contribute to the interpretation of the current realities. In his magnificent narrative work, “The Rebellious Prince”, which recounts the life and times of prince Mohanna Ibn Nasser ibn Hamad AlZoaaby, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, regales readers with almost visual enjoyment, while also providing them with a considerable space for contemplation through real events that unfolded in the past.

Through his exciting narrative style, we follow prince Mohanna Ibn Nasser ibn Hamad AlZoaaby, the Arab knight the led a rebellion against Persian dominance of Arabs residents of the Persian coast, through his many acts of heroism and victories against the Persians, Dutch and others who dared stand up to him. Through this narrative work, readers get to know the unique narrative style of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, characterized by vivid description, smooth language, beautiful structure, and free flowing build-up, which are all techniques that add extra beauty to a work addresses a particularly important historical period for the Arabs, based upon historical documents and references the accuracy of which was meticulously verified by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, which gave this narrative work both unsurpassed credibility and an aesthetic dimension at one and the same time.

A World at Odds

The novel “Baby Fatima and the king’s children”, which is a fascinating mixture of storytelling and actual history of an important stage of Arab history, addresses some of the manifestations of religious fanaticism that was widespread in Europe during that point in time. The novel recounts the history of the kingdom of Hormuz in the period from 1588 to 1622, when the Portuguese occupiers were defeated by the British and gives readers a glimpse of a world at odds locked in an intense struggle for power through a complex and interwoven plot. The story of baby Fatima addresses many issues over its five chapters of tightly structured and fast-paced events that place readers in the midst of this exquisite and masterfully detailed literary work, characterized by its depth, unique narrative style and powerful description of social life in Hormuz. The novel, despite its relatively small size, delivers a potent message and plentiful food for thought, having been based upon 35 historical documents and references.

Deceptive Simplicity

In the novel “White Ghost”, we are given an unprecedented insight into the intimate details of a real historical events dating back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. This novel belongs to the school of historical tales that are squarely based upon authentic documents and manuscripts, yet its narrative style bespeaks an acute literary sense. In fact, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, was hugely successful in weaving that tale of historical occurrences in a language so smooth as to appear deceptively simple. The novel recounts the story of an American nine-year-old child captured and then adopted by the Omani Mohammad ibn Aaquil, who raised the child as his own son. Towards a thorough investigation of the events of the novel, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited many museums, document centers and halls of records in order to produce an enjoyable work full of realism and charged with thought.

Another great narrative work authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is the novel ”The head of prince Megren”, through which we can feel the enormous effort and exhaustive research that went into it in order to bridge gaps in historical events, providing hitherto unknown yet significant details and even going as far as accurately correcting historical mistakes, using a narrative style that brings together scattered events, places and events and ties the lot with a fine thread of tight plot, dramatic structure and realistic characterization. The novel is a true expression of the unequaled ability of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah to penetrate to the core of things, through his characteristic aesthetic and thoughtful approach.  This novel, which derives its significance from the fact that it addresses real events in both Arab and Islamic history, remains a thoroughly enjoyable read, combining documented facts with an exquisite narrative style that delivers a heart-touching emotional punch. 

Significant Light

In the novel “Philip the Arab”, readers get an insight into the life of the Roman emperor Philip the Arab also known as Marcus Julius Philippus 'Arabus, the Roman emperor of Arab origin who was born in 204 AD. in a village near present day Busra in Syria, which was known during the Roman period as Philippopolis or the city of  Philip and later on re-named as Shahba. This emperor was known for his strength of character and huge impact on the political life in the Roman Empire. This novel, which was written in a smoothly flowing and thoroughly exciting narrative style, sheds new light upon this key historical character in an attempt to remove the historical injustice to which this key character, which was rarely mentioned, was subjected. 

Extravagant Journey

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah further excelled in biography and auto-biography, which is a special creative literary genre, where characters and places are of the essence. In his book “Biography of a city”, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, takes us on a journey of extravagant beauty and plentiful enjoyment, tracing the intricate history and highlighting the exquisite beauty of the emirate of Sharjah. In his book “Autobiography”, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi regales us with a magnificent combination of literary gems, deep thoughts, and unequaled narrative style, whle documenting a myriad of details of his eventful life.

Employment of Information

In the historical works authored by his highness, we not only get a glimpse of his huge passion for history, but also of his commitment to accurate documentation and constant quest for subject matter worthy of trust by up-and-coming generations.

In fact, the book “Biography of Ibn Majid”authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is but a continuation of his highness’s investigative effort towards the correction of Arab and Islamic history, particularly where they pertain to the biography of the Arab sailor Ahmad Ibn Majid. Through other books, authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, namely “Under the Banner of Occupation”, ”A Journey of Extreme Importance”, ”Conflict of Power and Commerce in the Gulf 1620-1820 AD”,” Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra”, “Correspondence of the Sultans of Zanjibar”,”The Qasimi’s and the British Aggression(1797-1820)” to name just a few of his highness’s valuable historical works, he proves that history is not written by whims or dictated by force.  

Proofs and Evidence

“I convict” is another installment of his highness’s important historical works. This book derives its importance from the fact that it lays bare the fake official history written by the Spaniards.

The book entitled “The Inquisition Courts-An investigation of twenty three case files against Muslims in Andalusia” is a huge two-volume reference, that addresses the secret drumhead courts that issued arbitrary sentences of summary execution and burning against Muslims, and details other injustices to which Muslims in Andalusia were subjected.   

Source: Al-Khaleej Newspaper