Al-Hilal (magazine)

Al-Hilal [meaning The Crescent in English] is a monthly Egyptian cultural and literature magazine.[1] It is among the oldest magazines dealing with arts in the Arab world.[2][3]

Al Hilal
Editor-in-chiefMohamed Al Shafei
CategoriesCultural magazine
Literary magazine
PublisherDar Al Hilal Publishing House
Year founded1892; 128 years ago (1892)
Based inCairo

History and profileEdit

Al-Hilal was founded in 1892 by Jurji Zaydan,[4][5] a journalist from Beirut who had come to Egypt in the 1880s.[6][7] The first issue of the monthly was published in September 1892.[8] After Jurji Zaydan's death the journal was edited by his sons, Emile and Shukri Zaydan.[9]

The magazine, published in Arabic, is based in Cairo.[10] It is one of the state-owned publications in the country.[11] State-run Dar Al Hilal Publishing House is the publisher of the magazine.[12][13][14]

On 30 March 2011 Helmy Al Namnam became the editor-in-chief of Al Hilal.[15] The next editor-in-chief of the magazine is Mohamed Al Shafei.[16]

Past issues of Al-Hilal were digitized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.[2] In addition, the publisher also archived the past issues of the magazine and of other publications.[17] South Korean news agency the AsiaN and the magazine initiated a cultural partnership to support the cooperation in the fields of culture and media.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Magda Abu Fadil (3 February 2014). "Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Al Hilal Archive". International School of Information Science. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  3. ^ Clare Davies. "Archive Map: Egypt" (PDF). Speak Memory. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ Boutheina Khaldi (24 December 2012). Egypt Awakening in the Early Twentieth Century: Mayy Ziydah's Intellectual Circles. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-137-23530-5.
  5. ^ Abdallah Shalaby; Salah al Din al Jurshi; Mostafa El Nabarawy; Moheb Zaki; Qays Jawad Azzawi; Antoine Nasri Messarra (2010). Towards a Better Life: How to Improve the State of Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. GPoT. p. 123. ISBN 978-605-4233-21-2.
  6. ^ Ami Ayalon (1994). The Press in the Arab Middle East: A History. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 53–4. ISBN 978-0-19-535857-5.
  7. ^ "The Zaidan Foundation". First fifty years of Al Hilal. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  8. ^ Fruma Zachs (2014). "Cross-Glocalization: Syrian Women Immigrants and the Founding of Women's Magazines in Egypt". Middle Eastern Studies. 50 (3): 353–369. doi:10.1080/00263206.2013.863757.
  9. ^ Israel Gershoni (2010). Confronting fascism in Egypt: dictatorship versus democracy in the nineteen-thirties. Stanford University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-8047-6344-8.
  10. ^ Jenifer Evans (21 January 2013). "An artist plays with the legacy of Al-Hilal cultural magazine". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  11. ^ Mohamed El Bendary (2013). The Egyptian Revolution: Between Hope and Despair: Mubarak to Morsi. Algora Publishing. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-87586-992-6.
  12. ^ "Books and magazines". Al Ahram Weekly. 464. 13–19 January 2000. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  13. ^ Al Hilal. World Cat. OCLC 1639361.
  14. ^ Andrew Hammond (2005). Pop Culture Arab World!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-85109-449-3.
  15. ^ "Who's Who". Connected in Cairo. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  16. ^ a b "'Al Hilal' Magazine and 'The AsiaN' sign a cultural partnership agreement". AJA. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  17. ^ Clare Davies. "Archive Map: Egypt" (PDF). Speak Memory. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.