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The grand homeland Posted by on Nov 10, 2010 in Culture

Arab unity (الوحدة العربية) has always been a dream for Arab masses (الجماهير العربية). It seems a very far fetched one at the time being, but in the fifties and sixties, it was a very important political concept, and a driving force for peoples and politicians alike. The formation of the Arab League was meant to be a step on the way, but of course the political economy of the Arab world has not made it possible for this unity to be realised.

There is a very nice song that expresses the dream of Arab unity called (الوطن الاكبــــــــر) or “the Grand Homeland”. It was produced in 1960 to celebrate unity between Egypt and Syria and the founding of the High Dam (السد العالي); lyrics by Ahmed Shafiq, and music by Mohamed Abdel Wahab. This song is performed by a number of singers from all around the Arab world, Abdel Halim Hafez (Egypt), Sabah (Lebanon), Warda (Algeria), among others.

The Chorus of the song goes as follows:

طني حبيبى الوطن الأكبر

يوم ورا يوم أمجاده بتكبر

وانتصارتة مالية حياتة

وطني بيكبر وبيتحرر

وطني وطني.

My beloved homeland,  the grand homeland

Day after day,  its glories grow

And its victories,  fill its life

My homeland grows,  and it is liberated

My homeland, my homeland

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