Tutorials: The Godfather of Arabic is Alive through His Widow
Prof. Abdallah El-Tayib " The Godfather of Arabic language as I always prefer to describe him is one of those who changed the history, academically. He was born on the middle of 1921 in Attimerab village which is located as a country side near “Addammar” city in Northern Sudan.; Now the capital of the River Nile State. He belongs to the famous “Majazeeb Family”, who gave their name to Addammar city which has come to be known as “Dammar alMajzoub”.The city and its vicinity were famous (and still are) for their Quranic Schools “Khalawi” since Sudan has known Islamic religion. A. S. Alkoronki wrote on Global Media site: Abdallah El-Tayib lived and grew up, as was the norm in that region, in a literate, well educated atmosphere. In the “Khalawi” he recited the Quran and read ancient Arabic poetry. Thus He was a true product of Islamic and Arabic culture. He studied his primary educations in Kassala, Dammar and Barber, In the beginning of 1940s, He was graduated from Gordon Memorial College, High schools, Educational Institute (Bakht Elridha), he had traveled to London where he was graduated from London University “College Of Education”, then the Institute of Oriental and African Studies and received a Ph.D. from the University of London (SOAS) in 1950.
In London, There in that non-Islamic society he met the one person he truly loved, his lifelong companion, the woman who became his wife “Griselda Tidal”, who was a fellow student at the institute 1940s.
He got all his academic qualifications with the usual excellence that coloured all his life. When he obtained the Doctorate in Arabic literature in 1950 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, he was appointed a lecturer at the same college. His scientific academic career continued till he became a professor of Arabic Language at the University of Khartoum, where he became the Dean of the college of Arts (1961–1974), and after that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum (1974–1975), He was the first Director of University of Juba (1975–1976). He honored the Sudan many times as a visiting or a resident professor to many African and Arab Universities. He was the founder of Bayrou Kano College in Nigeria which is now a university.
He became a professor emeritus for life at the same University of Khartoum which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1981.
A shared vision between the University of Khartoum and Sudan government resulted in 1992 in initiating “The Institute of Prof. Abdallah Al-Tayeb for Arabic Language” in compliance to an Honoring committee’s recommendations. The institute’s official launching ceremony took place in 1992 at the Friendship Hall under the patronage of President Omer Hassan Al Bashir. In 1999 the university vice-chancellor issued a decree to establish an institute of Arabic Language to achieve the objectives which was stated in the professor Abdulla Al-Tayeb institute’s constitution. These objectives are meant to teach and spread Arabic language through the most advanced and sophisticated methods which are not available in the other university are similar to departments. The institute also runs a number of cultural, research and intellectual activities.
Abdallah Al-Tayeb was an active writer who sailed knowledgeably in many fields of arts. His books ranged from literature, poetry, criticism, and novels to Islamic religious knowledge. He was prominent in ancient Arabic literature and Radio lessons in Quranic interpretations." They says there is a 'woman' behind every great man, but it could be a 'great woman' particularly when the woman becomes like Griselda, now at 87 old, who, after 9 years still holding on to establish "Prof. Abdallah Al-Tayeb Cultural Center" in his birthplace through the great efforts and creditability of the donors from different countries adding to official governmental efforts with coordination among them; return at least some of what he really deserves; Is there any reward for good other than charity. I saw the lights of hopes shinning through her eyes connecting with the official enthusiasm seriously. If the Center will come true…!
By Mohammad Awad M. Jadallah, email@example.com, 26/05/2012