Libya the future | “Al Saraya” .. Libyan drama that evokes the Battle of the Karamanli

Libya the future |  “Al Saraya” .. Libyan drama that evokes the Battle of the Karamanli

Future Libya (Al-Habib Al-Aswad – Al-Arab of London): Some Libyan series return to research on defining moments in the country’s history, quoting from them topics that enrich the Ramadan evenings, but they are topics that in total seem close to the living reality that is still controlled by political balances that the drama is trying to mitigate its impact and its repercussions on daily life through a highly artistic dose A good level that raises the Libyan cultural scene and joins the ranks of Maghreb and Arab productions.

The Libyan and Arab public will have a date next Ramadan with one of the bloodiest stories in the history of the struggle for power in Tripoli, which is related to the great struggle that took place between 1783 and 1795 between the sons of Ali Pasha Al-Qara Manli over the rule of the western Tripoli Eyala..

The series, entitled “Al Saraya”, will be shown on “Salam” channel, owned by billionaire businessman Ali Al-Dabaiba, and its production was supervised by Walid Al-Lafi, Minister of State for Communication and Political Affairs in the government of Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Salam” media network. She has previously presented several works inspired by Libyan history, including “Zanat al-Rih”, “The Two Leaders” and “Twilight”.“.

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The series brings together again the duo Siraj Al-Huwaidi in writing and Osama Rizk in directing, in the context of a journey of joint cooperation between them, which provided them with many successes, and helped them to devote a unique experience that can be considered the most mature and complete in the cognitive and aesthetic vision in the history of Libyan drama, especially In light of the financial capabilities available to them, which helped them to recruit important competencies to implement their projects, which they present at a rate of work each year, but within a framework that is usually extravagant in terms of decorations, clothes, tricks, locations and mechanisms of photography.

As for the action championship, a number of prominent Libyan artists will participate in it, including Hassan Qirfal, Fathi Kahloul, Anwar Al-Tir, Ali Shoul, Salah Al-Ahmar, Abdelbaset Bouqanda, Lubna Abdel Hamid, Salma Al-Zarwaq, Basma Al-Atrash, Soraya Mohamed, Rabie Al-Obaidi, Abdullah Al-Fanadi and Muhannad Kalash, and a group of young faces such as Mohammed bin Nasser and Ibrahim Khairallah. and some tunisian actors.

As usual, the “Al Saraya” series relies on a number of Tunisian technical competencies, such as Bashir Al Mahbouli in the photography department and Basma Al Dhawadi in clothing design, which has become common in the huge works produced by the “Salam” network.“.

The events of the series take place in a historical framework between the years 1783 and 1795, where Hasan Bey Ibn Ali Pasha was known for his good treatment of the people, his courage and valor in defending his country, and his insight and good management of people’s affairs, on the one hand, and as Crown Prince and heir to the throne on the other, which is what he granted The love of the people of Tripoli and their loyalty to his policy and their appreciation for his wisdom, while the hatred and hatred of his two brothers Ahmed and Yusuf aroused him, especially after the governor Ali Pasha fell ill with tuberculosis in December 1787, to enter the battle of the succession in a dangerous phase in light of the talk about the possibility of the governor abdicating the throne to the crown prince, a proposal that was put forward but the two brothers Ahmed and Youssef strongly rejected it.

On the seventh of July 1790, Yusuf Al-Qara Manli, who was not more than seventeen years old, returned from a mission he was carrying out outside Tripoli, and went directly to the ward of his mother “Lalla Hallouma” to greet her, and he was accompanied by some of his servants when he announced his intention to reconcile with her His older brother, Hassan Bey, who held the position of Crown Prince, after differences between them.

“Lalla Hallouma” sent a request to Hassan, who was in his suite with his wife, “Lalla Aoisha.” He learned that his brother Youssef had come to him unarmed with the intention of reconciliation, so he accepted his mother’s invitation, and he had initially carried two pistols and a sword, but his wife disapproved of him, and warned him that His going while he was armed to the teeth to meet his brother would anger the residents of the Saraya and those working in it, so he responded to her call by leaving the two pistols and only carrying his sword as a symbol of prestige in that covenant..

When he arrived at his mother’s suite, she asked him to strip his sword out of respect for her position, and to enter to meet his brother, so he did that and went with her to the sofa, where “Lalla Halloumi” and she had her on both sides of the sofa, and she took the hand of each of them to make peace between them, and asked to bring the Qur’an to swear on him, Yusef hurried to Standing to get him, he called the slaves to help him, so they gave him a pistol instead of the Quran, and quickly shot the crown prince..

The scene was bloody. At first, Hassan stood up to the sword in order to confront his brother, while some shrapnel had hit the mother, and Youssef had a slight wound to his face, so he grabbed the second pistol and emptied his bullets into his brother’s body, and called his servants to finish him off to make sure he was killed..

Lalla Hallouma had fainted from the horror of the tragedy, and Lalla Auisha heard the commotion and ran to the place to see the bloodied body of her husband, while Youssef had fled with his servants outside the castle, and the people of Tripoli were divided into two parts, chaos spread and weapons spread. While Ali Pasha acknowledged assigning his son Ahmed to replace the assassinated Crown Prince Hassan, Youssef Habak continued his plots to seize the reins of Tripoli’s rule, until he had the opportunity to set out with his brother Ahmed towards Misurata to punish some of the rebellious Bedouin tribes, and he later succeeded in concluding agreements with tribal leaders after he He promised them money and prestige in return for his support in seizing power.

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During the first half of 1973, Youssef implemented a siege on Tripoli for 50 days and required his father and brother to abdicate the rule, and the Pasha asked for help from the Bey of Tunis, and announced a reward for whoever brings him the head of his son Youssef, as a rebel, and Crown Prince Ahmed fled fearing for his life from his arrogance sister.

The series bears many projections through the positions of the struggle for power, and the sharp differences over the assessment of responsibilities within the regional and tribal balances in the western region of Libya, which was known as Tripoli as a country ranging in size from the border with Tunisia in the west, Sirte in the east, and the borders of Fezzan in the south. “The Saraya” will be the most prominent drama that deals with the period of the Ottoman occupation, especially the period of the rule of the Karamanli family, a family attributed to the Karaman region in Anatolia, and it ruled Tripoli for about a century and a quarter of a century.

That period was exposed through “The Four Years War”, a Syrian series produced in 1980 about a story, script, dialogue, production by Daoud Sheikhani and directed by Haitham Haqqi, starring Asaad Fadda, Radwan Aqili, Adnan Barakat, Abdel Rahman Abu Al-Qasim and Gianna Eid, and with the participation of a number of Libyan artists. Well-known people such as Youssef Khashim, Muhammad Zaalouk, Hassan Qirfal, Lotfi bin Musa and Imran Al-Madani. In it, the focus was politically motivated on embodying the war that took place between the ruler of Tripoli, Yusuf Pasha Al-Qara Manli and his brother Ahmed Pasha Al-Qara Manli, and the Tripoli War, which lasted for four years. At that time, with the largest naval ship, the Philadelphia, with forty-four guns.

The series shows how the ship and its crew were captured and destroyed by Chief Murad Agha without spilling a single drop of blood.

This historical period is characterized by great richness in terms of drama, both in terms of internal conflict over governance and tribal rebellions or in terms of conflict with Americans and Europeans over piracy in the Mediterranean, which was an industry and a habit created by the Ottomans and pushed towards wars and confrontations, including the first war waged by the American Navy Outside her home in the early nineteenth century, which makes some of the actors in that period the subject of contradiction in positions, among them the personality of Yusuf Al-Qara Manli, who assassinated his brother and rebelled against his father and fought bloody wars for power and supported and sponsored pirate campaigns and declared war on the United States and entered With it in confrontations whose effects are still traced today in the anthem of the navy “Marines” and it was intercepted by a lot of unrest and popular revolutions until he was forced to step down from power in 1832 in favor of his son Ali II, and on the twenty-sixth of May 1835 the Turkish fleet arrived in Tripoli and arrested Ali Pasha and transferred to Turkey, thus ending the rule of the Karamanli in Libya.

Al-Arab newspaper, London, Friday 25/02/2022

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