A long talk in Amman:
The delegation of the writers of the Association, consisting of about ten members, arrived in the Jordanian capital, Amman, with a general idea aimed at preserving the current position of the Association in the union structure, as a vice-president (1), and using the Libyan voice behind the scenes in a way that pushes this direction, in addition to, of course, to Contributing to the established cultural activity.
It is a task that cannot be described as difficult for a delegation that happened to include elements of a degree of clarity and focus.
Among the delegation was a group of writers active in cultural affairs, in addition to the Secretary-General of the Association, Mr. Amin Mazen. They are part of the active team in the general cultural activity, which had conducted a quick round of consultations on (No) magazine shortly before their departure.
It is natural for them to be preoccupied with those obsessions that were addressed in those quick conversations. Concerns revolve around the security and cultural horizon of the magazine and them. In turn, it expresses a vague and unclear reality. The writers front was suffering from great pressure in depth, as they lacked a strong bond that supports their initiatives and defends them in times of crisis on the one hand, and the difficulty of writing opinion by people who do not have any legal evidence confirming their release from prison (2), which makes the process of arresting them And return them to him, within the reach of a large number of devices, on the other hand. Between these two sides there are many traces of the continuous campaigns launched by the authority against the book, which aim to upset their balance and suspend it with an invisible rope.
The missing password in those initial deliberations before the delegation traveled was (the Institution). It seemed difficult to talk about any cultural project undertaken by the League or adopted, without there being an organized structure, through specific regulations and committees chosen by the General Conference. These are matters that should be separated from the book themselves. This desired separation cannot be accomplished without a frank conversation with the Secretary-General of the Association, the Vice-President of the Arab Writers Union, Sheikh Amin, as the book calls him.
There was a general feeling of the necessity of having a “social contract” between the writers and their trustee before taking any decision on any subject, and as a necessary step to build any other contract with the state later on. And talking with Sheikh Amin and about him, as it is said. He is not an easy or simple personality that can be bypassed when talking about such a subject.
Amin Mazen was born in the city of Hun into a large family, passionate about Senusiyya, science and art. He received a high-level traditional education that included memorizing the Holy Qur’an and expanding in jurisprudence, language and heritage. He worked as a journalist in the newspaper (Al-Midan), which was published by Professor Fadel Al-Masoudi (3). And he was calculated by the standards of that time on the left, then he rose in the position until he reached the sergeant-general, and in literature by continuing to issue in what can be described as literary criticism (4). He was among those who held them after the famous Zuwara speech.
Then he held the position of Secretary General of the Writers Association for a period of nearly or more than ten years. Throughout these periods, he moved between alliances and politics, without losing sight of the cultural scene or being deeply affected by opponents. And it provides the possibilities that made it the only book bet to face the tasks that await them. His file with the authorities does not cause fear, in addition to being one of those who were included in the cultural team, which consists mainly of a group of friends. The book discusses many issues in an open atmosphere that does not lack fun and happiness. He has a spirit capable of making jokes and enjoying them. But within this relationship between him and the rest of the members, there was also a difference in some views and ways of dealing with matters, and the general agreement on it does not preclude the presence of areas of discomfort shown by many, and this is represented in the way the Sheikh deals with the authority, and his openness to it in a way that may be harmful . And in many other matters related to his special qualities that were reflected in the League, which suffered from almost complete misery in terms of capabilities throughout the period of his fidelity. Including his lack of love to spend money, coinciding with his constant fear of the emergence of the association as an influential body in life. This means that he is subjected to double pressure, as he sees, from the authority that will not allow this role and will work to limit it, and from within the association itself, in the presence of people whom Sheikh Amin considers potential competitors to him for the General Secretariat. These concerns have always affected the work of the book in depth.
On these fine lines it was necessary to speak with the Secretary-General. This is what it was decided to do in one of the rooms in the Hotel (Philadelphia) in the Jordanian capital, when the small group (5) sat down to continue the conversation that had been cut short, focusing more on the necessities, such as discussing the establishment of a legal body, committees, joint supervision of activities, and role-playing Active in public life, towards strengthening the steps that can be achieved.
This conversation lasted for a long time, and included various, different, and even somewhat strange, repercussions and interpretations. The writers tried to reach as far as possible in knowing the true position of their ideas presented to Al-Amin. They offered him all the guarantees and promises that came to their minds, with their absolute support for him, in an attempt to silence some suspicions, and a detailed and slow explanation of the horizon that awaits him personally if the team agrees to cohesion and work in one spirit.
In a second attempt to satisfy what can be described as the Sheikh’s political ambition, and to increase the dose of convincing him of the feasibility of the attempt in depth, and the good choice of means and goal, they clearly laid out their perceptions before him. They did not hide from him their great need for him, their full understanding of his position, and their pledge not to embarrass him or deviate from what was agreed upon. And, of course, their agreement to carry out the command of (No) magazine, and all the initiatives and dangers required by the cultural work, in return for a single request, represented in the approval of Sheikh Amin to work to transform the Association into an institution, with clear features and goals, so that the writers can carry out those pledges on the one hand, And get some legal frameworks on the other.
Which he seemed to agree to, and in his own way that did not struggle with clarity and point leaving open the matter, where he welcomed the new spirit, and expressed his willingness to cooperate, to understand, and even to be grateful that his writers were thinking of him. But he did not give any specific references to the matter.
After many arguments, the book reached the necessity of being convinced that the promises they obtained sufficed, at least, for the beginning. And they had to return to Libya to inform the rest of the outcome of the (contract) that had been concluded by chance in Amman and to take the consent of the rest of it.
1. This was done in the previous session of the conference, which took place in Tripoli, the West. The Libyan delegation was unable to obtain the General Secretariat for many reasons related to the general situation.
2. Nor for them to enter it in any case.
3. Professor Al-Masoudi resides today in Switzerland in exile.
4. Finally, he published his memoirs in three parts entitled (Ways)
5. They were 3 to 5 books. They represented different generations. It should be noted that the conversation was within the cultural framework, and was not programmed before.