Dr Nassif Azzi
A Cultural, Political, Socio-economic, and literary Personality
I do not know why we write introductions, and yet we do.
Sometimes we write a spiritualist letter, and other times pricking forceps. Are they not the by-product of fear of the impact as the writer submits his maneuver to the people? It carries a kind of fear of situations of standing in front of the reader face to face.
What shall I write about Dr. Nassif Azzi? How will I face him if I fail to write all that he really deserves? However, I’ll make an attempt of approaching the reality of this literary, cultural, political, socio-economical personality, or at least the personality who deals with complete honesty and transparently with all matters in the forefront of which, humanitarian issues.
The life that lived and experienced this young doctor is a story to be read and narrated, and his life that the people of Jieh knows and protects by heart is never less beautiful and enjoyable than the story.
I do not know how novelists write their novels; this is a shy attempt to write a very small and realistic tale about my town’s son, Dr. Nassif Azzi, the source of goodwill and humor that attract you to him into the noblest of friendships. He is a brilliant thinker and a first rate conversationalist. Incredibly articulate, rational in thought and elegant in expression. Very impressionable, charismatic and truthful. Although at times moody and reacting to everything (he has no barriers) he is indeed a rare species. He can hog center stage and reduce everyone around him to an audience level. It is confidence in the purest situations what one feels when sits with him or reads him or hears him in a TV interview.
Dr. Nassif is no longer the child he used to be, the child who used to walk along the roads and streets of Jieh, and used to love but adore its shores. Today, he struggles with time to satisfy his goals for his intellectual, moral and other projects that crowd his head and his time to an extent that it is nearly suffocated by them. Since his very early age he practices the profession of intellect mixed in his blood until he became a university professor. He issued many books, including the "Travel of Return". He struggled against fatigue and exhausting work for national culture to achieve a dream that always enticed him: The State of Lebanon, a state of justice and equality among all its citizens.
Will Nassif rest before fulfilling his dream? None believes he will… Even Dr. Nassif himself.
If we want to talk more about the wide and diverse world of this young doctor, we encounter confusion that generates from the so rich and diverse heritage which he is characterized by. In addition to being a professor of Arabic philosophy, he is a thinker, writer, and author of many projects, researcher of many issues particularly cultural and literary heritage and amongst all. He is the stubborn activist a revolutionary. If we seek to get deeper, we find out about Dr. Nassif’s deep presence in the cultural and political life of Lebanon… Extraordinary in his moral and intellectual creativity… Sincere in his revolutionary practices… He got engaged in the national affairs when he was a student at the Lebanese University in the framework of what was then called the "Awareness Movement" in 1976.
Today, he raises some concerns and worries in his writings. Those are political, intellectual and humanitarian… He is the seeker of the freedom, independence and the national identity of his country… He is the eager carrier of ambitions to belong to the modern age… A World, in which the old renovates along with its contradictions, incarnates in imperialist capitalism, and the new consolidates in the difficulties of secularism. Just like he was authentic to the ambitions of his generation and its yearnings, aspirations and dreams in the mid-seventies, so he is to the new generation that is struggling today for a better future
Dr. Nassif Azzi, son of the bleeding wound of the mountain (as he likes to be called Being from the Chouf), belongs to a Lebanon that is open to the World, a Lebanon, the secular state that meets the aspirations of all the Lebanese without distinction amongst its citizens.
Literary criticism for Dr. Nassif is nothing but a moment of enlightenment, a moment in the politics of protest, rejection and incitement… One can clearly and without difficulty observe this fact through the titles in his articles… In an attempt to reduce the pain of digging for evidence, we refer to some of the titles of his articles published in newspapers, on the internet and broadcast on radio…
Dr. Nassif Azzi left with an extremely positive impression upon the people of his hometown me especially. He affected and got affected by them to a large extent. How many times did the older generation hear mothers their telling sons: "Why don’t you be like the son of Hanna Nassif, God bless him".
Thank you Sir.
George “Abou Jamra” Azzi
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