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Mohamed Hassanein Heikal
23 September 1923 (age 89) Egypt
Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (Arabic: محمد حسنين هيكل , born 23 September 1923) is a leading Egyptian journalist. For 17 years (1957–1974) he was editor-in-chief of the Cairo newspaper Al-Ahram and has been a respected commentator on Arab affairs for more than 50 years.
1 Background and literary works
The Sphinx and the Commissar: The Rise and Fall of Soviet Influence in the Middle East. Hoda Abdel Nasser and late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (third from left). 2 "Old Warrior" 3 Lectures 4 Interviews 5 Bibliography 6 References 7 External links Background and literary works[edit source | editbeta] Heikal (first from left). The reasons for his fall with president Anwar El-Sadat. and October War. Heikal has been accused of using a fabricated quotation The bride is beautiful. and Statesmen. Heikal has written many other books. who succeeded Nasser. The Iranian Revolution from Mossadeq to Khomeini. including: Nasser: The Cairo Documents. Illusions of Triumph: An Arab View of The Gulf War. The Return of the Ayatollah. Heikal published many books: Sphinx and Commissar. Secret Channels: The Inside Story of Arab-Israeli Peace Negotiations. in which he analyzed the reasons behindSadat’s assassination and the rise of political Islam. The Road to Ramadan and a bombshell titled Khareef Al-Ghadab (Autumn of Fury). In 1983. 1966 Heikal articulated the thoughts of President Gamal Abdel Nasser earlier in his career. Heikal has been a member of the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union. Rebels. remain under great speculation. Cutting the Lion's Tale: Suez Through Egyptian Eyes. Heikal wrote an article in the monthly magazine Wajhat Nazar (where he had been writing for some time already) that the time has come for an "old warrior" to put . but she is married to another man in his 1996 book Secret Channels. and upon reaching the age of 80. The Cairo Documents: The Inside Story of Nasser and His Relationship with World Leaders. Iran: The Untold Story. "Old Warrior"[edit source | editbeta] In September 2003.
In addition. Here he generally discusses information he acquired during his years as a journalist. Lectures[edit source | editbeta] Heikal's current lecture series on Al-Jazeera furnishes him with a greater platform in the Arab world. historian. health. His lectures range from general overviews to intricate details of scenes he witnessed.000 emails and letters a week. and a player in the political arena in Egypt's modern history. 2007 Aljazeera Lecture Series: Challenges in Building the Aswan Dam Aswan Dam and the National Project The United States and the Arab/Israeli Conflict Slipping into War Palestinians and Prospects of Settlement with Israel Israeli Thinking and the 1956 Events . In November of the same year Heikel returned to Aljazeera to cover the US elections between Barack Obama and John Mccain and restart his lectures on Arab Wars. 2007 Heikal announced in a lecture entitled "The Challenges in Building the Aswan Dam" his will to temporarily end his lecture series on Aljazeera. . In August 2008. hoping to come back. Heikal told his audience that he needed to take a break "for a few months because [he has] provided numerous series. Heikel decided to again pause his lecture series at Aljazeera during the month of Ramadan. especially among the young. On July 26. in a few months if [his] age. In the article he also recounted a lot of the events that occurred in his life and formed his experience including his first mission as a reporter in the Second Battle of El Alamein in 1942.. Heikal stressed that his decision to stop writing does not mean that he will disappear.. he opened his financial records stating the salaries he has received in all the jobs and posts he has been assigned to." Heikel's regular appearances on Al-Jazeera have earned him a new and unprecedented following. bringing him around 50. In addition. he has briefly discussed the events leading to the deterioration of Nasser's relationship with the EgyptianMuslim Brotherhood and the failed assassination attempt.. his friendship with Nasser and his relationship with Sadat.. godwilling. His lectures gave an overview of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Arab nationalist governments. and energy permit. He is to return to lecture on the 1967 war. He has also lectured on the rise of the American Empire and the decline of the previous superpowers. and because it's time to rest a little. but rather take to the sidelines to observe more thoroughly. to talk about the Arab Wars. broadcasting every Thursday evening.down his pen and take to the sidelines. Heikal also heavily criticized former President Hosni Mubarak's re-election attempt and suggested that no president's term should exceed ten years in office.
Conspiracy and Coup Era French Plans to Interfere in Egypt Creative Chaos and the Rivalry Links Conspiracy Theory Nasser's Debates with the West Prospects of Settlement in the Middle East (2) Prospects of Settlement in the Middle East (1) Nasser's Ultimate Test Jordan's 1956 Storm Behind the Arms Deal Security and National Peace Arms Deals in the Arab World Geneva Convention and the Importance of 1955 Bandong Convention Preparing for Plan Alpha Israeli Penetration in the Region Nasser's Meeting with UK's Foreign Secretary 1955 and the Arab Division 1955 and the Distinguishing Symbols 2008 Aljazeera Lecture Series: Mine in the Aqaba Gulf Israel's Nuclear Weapons Politics and History World on the Verge of Chaos World Foreign and Internal Politics Understanding of War in Nations Arab Resistance and Aid War Era: Strategy and Politics Arab False Battles Instance of True Revolution America Leads the World Palestine: Right Refuses to be Forgotten (2) .
both for and against Heikal. Heikal openly spoke about the current situation in Egypt and strongly criticized Egyptian president Mubarak. adding that Mubarak had not entered political life until very late. the Arab world's foremost political commentator. Jump up^ There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile . Centre arabe de recherches et d'analyses. October 10. ()هيكل أو الملف السري للذاكرة العربية. 2001 . Bibliography[edit source | editbeta] Heikal or the secret file of arab memory. Beyrouth. Riadh Sidaoui. Heikal did not comment on this criticism except later on Al Jazeera.Mohamed Heikal. where he said that he stands by what he has said earlier. saying that Mubarak lives in a "world of fantasy" in Sharm al Sheikh. which means he lacks necessary experience. 2003 The Liberation War of Palestine: Conspiracy of the Jews and Arabs' stand (1996) References[edit source | editbeta] 1. Palestine: Right Refuses to be Forgotten (1) Israel's View on Egyptian Role in the Region Series of Crises in the Time of War The Naked Empire Alliance of Empires Monsters With Eight Heads Egyptian Armament and Israel's Security Decision Projects Associated with Suez Suez War Conspiracy Theory National Security Boundaries Protecting Suez Canal Seven Plans to Invade Suez Battle and War Era Truth of Wars the Arabs Fought National Security Theories Arriving Tremors War Era Interviews[edit source | editbeta] In an audience with UK journalist Robert Fisk. Stephen Moss. Guardian. These comments stirred an uproar within Egyptian society.
3 ♦ 2012. Robert Fisk. Vol. April 9. July 26. Al-Ahram. Jump up^ Mohamed Hasseinein Heikel: The wise man of the Middle East. 50-1 4. 3. but she is married to another man”: Historical Fabrication and an Anti-Zionist Myth". Jump up^ Chasing the paper trail. 2007 Jump up^ “The bride is beautiful. pp. No. Shofar. Shai Afsai. Independent. 2007 . 30.2.