Journeys of Ibn Elbytar

In his quest to shed the light on Egypt's contemporary hardships , the young Egyptian novelist (Ali Brisha) introduced his second novel “Journeys of Ibn Elbytar” (2013- 200 Pages 13.5*21.5).

 Few months after the former president of Egypt Mubarak was ousted in 2011, the darker side of the Islamists and the extremist in Egypt  surfaced all over the country . the novel is an in depth research to glimpse the complicated relationship between the east and west since the crusades  all the way through the modern ages.




the novel is named after Ibn Elbytar, who  is The main character of the story . Ibn Elbytar is an imaginary character who lived in the 13th century. Ibn Elbytar would visit Europe at the peak of the dark ages ,he is a son of a European Nobel who raped an Egyptian woman in Damietta during the seventh crusade which was led by King Louis IX of France. seeking to follow the traces of his dad , Ibn Elbytar starts his adventure sailing off to Europe while tense relations between east and west dominated the scene , in his epic journey between the two shores of the Mediterranean he was captured in Cyprus, his stay in Cyprus would reveal the Coptic roots of our Egyptian Moslem young adventurer, and would shed the light on the complicated and integrated life style of the Mediterranean people.

In parallel to the journey of Ibn Elbitar, the writer travels along with the other contemporary flip of the novel, which is represented by  Dr. "Daniel".

Daniel is an Egyptian Archaeologist , who  falls in love with his pretty Italian assistant  during his  scientific mission in Rome. The name of Daniel itself bares a variety of revelations . From one side the name of Daniel refers to a mosque in Alexandria , which is his home city that shaped out his Mediterranean identity , from the other side it refers to an Israelite profit mentioned in the old testament , referring to the homelessness suffered by the Israelite long time ago.

At the very end of the story the link between Daniel and Ibn Elbitar revealed, showing that the two different stories are actually the same story ,but  each is narrated counter wise.

Ali Brisha is an Egyptian novelist lives in Dubai, he got his mass communication from Cairo University 1991. “Journeys of Ibn Elbytar” is his second novel.