Sekhmet’s Tits by Mona Eltahawy – a mistake in an Oum Kalthoum reference

Recently, the secular Muslim feminist Mona Eltahawy, writer of two books and many articles and essays, has written a poem.

There is a lot I agree with her on, and just as much I disagree with her on, which shouldn’t be a shock because……..Muslim women are not a monolith, and feminist Muslims are not, as well.

However, this post will not be about that. In her poem, she references a lyric by the Egyptian diva of Arabic song, Umm Kulthum: “Om Kalthoum told the sun to come back in a year و نقول للشمس تعالي تعالي بعد سنة” which she claims was a part of Oum Kalthoums Enta Omri. (“*** From “Enta Omri” by Om Kalthoum”)

However, this is a mistake. “و نقول للشمس تعالي تعالي بعد سنة” (“Come, oh (sun) come after a year”) is a part of “Alf Lela wa Lela” (Thousand and one nights”)

ونقول للشمس تعالي بعد سنة
مش قبل سنة” (

“”And let’s say to the sun, come, oh come, after a year, not before a year

As a great lover of Umm Kulthums music (which I have in common with Mona) stuff like this interests me and fascinates me.

Monas poem:https://monaeltahawy.tumblr.com/post/38523535991/sekhmets-tits-by-mona-eltahawy

The lyrics to Umm Kulthums “Alf lela wa lela”/A Thousand and one Nights:http://kalimat-aghania.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post_17.html

The lyrics to Umm Kulthums Enta Omri: http://www.kalimataghani.com/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86/51/%D8%A3%D9%85-%D9%83%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%88%D9%85/%D8%A3%D9%86%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%8A.html

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