A new edition brings back to the libraries “Memoirs of Ahmidou”, the biography of Ahmed El-Moden, a novel that documents part of the heritage and history of the “Jbala” region.
Under the authority of Muqaribat, the second edition of this work was published, an attempt to document part of the memory of living in the Jabala region, through a subjective experience that notes, documents and interprets.
Writer Ahmed Al-Moden said in a statement to Hespress that he did not write this work for the current generation. He added, explaining: “I write for a generation that will one day come and will not find the traditions that currently exist, and will not find the rude mountain dialect that is disappearing with the continuation of the state of great urbanization.”
He added: “What we write as heritage and living traditions, future generations will not find, that is why I am writing to you as a documenter; Let them find a detailed account of the mountain traditions and customs of a part of the region, and they will find a written oral history”.
Based on the interest in the “Jabalah” story, El-Moden said the issue is related to his university major in history and geography, and his affiliation with the region. He then added: “My starting point was to look for something bigger, where did the man on the mountain come from? Is it Moresky? Or an Arab? Or rustic? Or an Amazigh? Investigating the traditions and relating them to the ocean”.
He continued: “I had to seek the help of older people, and special references that are not available in universities, to put the history of a region that lived through very great events, which are not mentioned in the writings, and I tried to take care of them, through what the hero Ahamido saw: the teacher (koranic school) and the study of the tablet, and the sympathy (collective contributions) in the aqeeqah, the wedding traditions, asking for rain for rain, reviving Eid al-Adha , and the rituals of Bujloud (festival)…”.
He continued: “I focus on what is common to the various tribes of Jabala, so the novelist’s biography was concerned with the traditions, which the hero saw, while comparing them with the nearby environment in the field, for example, in look for similarities.
The writer explained the choice of the name “Ahmidou” as a hero for his work and a title for him, as “a nickname and a name at the same time, it is a diminutive of the name Ahmed, and in our region he also uses a name, which is the unique name and title that you will find only in the Jabala region of Morocco; (Ahmedo notes) as the title tells the reader that he will read about the contents of my mountain, and this title also shortens my name Ahmed, so when I was young I used to call Amidou.”
Ahmed Al-Moden explained that the choice of “novel biography” for documentation and narration stems from the fact that limiting “biography” will mean “limiting writing the writer’s livelihood without increase or decrease, with a linear path from childhood until the moment when it was written, while in the novelist’s biography there is the self, but not limited to it, but the writer speaks as part of a whole, which gives a lot of space to the element of imagination, and to summarize the events. how the stylist wants them,” before summing up by saying, “This allows for creativity.”