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The Arabian Oryx (al-Maha) were brought from Saudi Arabia in an effort to increase their numbers in the Syrian desert.
al-Maha are known by their beautiful eyes, that in some old Arabic poems the beauty of women’s eyes were compared to theirs.


  • we need an closer photo to verify this claim. ;)

    By Blogger George Ajjan, at 10/7/06 2:50 PM  

  • George,
    ma shefet gher ghalia t2arreb men al-Maha la7atta takhod close up!! lol

    Ghalia, nice post :)

    By Blogger Yazan, at 10/7/06 6:22 PM  

  • Great picture as always Ghalia.
    However, the Maha is not a wild cow, it's an antelope species of the the genus Oryx. There are 4 subspecies, 3 of which come from Africa and the fourth resides in Arabia. This last one is what we have in Syria (The Arabian Oryx).

    By Blogger abufares, at 10/7/06 7:50 PM  

  • LOVELY picture Ghalia!! I need to echo Ajjan though ...;)

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 10/7/06 10:48 PM  

  • I really wished to take a closer shot, but they were running away every time I step closer!

    Abu Fares, I asked the man working there about them, he was kinda of something engineer and he assured to me that they were cows and not antelope, I even checked it in an Arabic/Arabic dictionary and it meant wild cows.
    The Oryx is considered from bovine family I guess!

    However, remember that verse from the 8th grade?

    عيون المها بين الرصافة والجسر
    جلبن الهوى من حيث أدري ولا أدري

    It was about cows in shar7 el mufradat!

    Karin & Yazan, thank you for your lovely comments.

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 10/7/06 11:39 PM  

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    By Blogger Amr T, at 11/7/06 9:21 AM  

  • Amr, It was near Palmyra, in ma7mieh tabe3ieh that's why they were fecned, but when they grow up they set them free!

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 11/7/06 10:58 AM  

  • ghalia...still we need a closer pic to see the eyes....hope y get this one soon.

    By Blogger Haider Droubi, at 11/7/06 1:37 PM  

  • a very good step to enrich the syrian fauna.
    i hope the hunters respect the rule.

    By Blogger aleppian, at 11/7/06 2:19 PM  

  • Happy News: May is back

    May is our Hero as well, all liberal Syrians are happy that she is back and hopefully louder than before. Welcome back!!!

    We need more Maha's speaking up and modernizing the country!

    By Blogger Fares, at 12/7/06 1:45 AM  

  • My emotional take on the events in Lebanon

    sorry kind of long, read 3rd section if you want quick.
    only people with hearts and brains can read, no need for hyprocrites.
    Appreciate your feedback.

    God Help Lebanon and Syria...how one day can change the whole region...to the worse of course

    By Blogger Fares, at 13/7/06 8:32 AM  

  • I got the close up for you!


    By Blogger Alex, at 15/7/06 10:16 PM  

  • كلنا مع لبنان وفلسطين
    أتمني ان نتبنى جميعا كمدونين كلمه واحده بتاريخ واحد نحدد فيه رأينا للعالم اجمع
    اتمني ان ندون مدونه واحد بتاريخ 27/07/2006
    كلنا كمدونين نكرر عباره واحده
    كلنا مع لبنان وفلسطين ضد اسرائيل والمحتلين
    بالعربي بالانجليزي المهم نسمع صوتنا للعالم
    وان لم نستطيع حمل السلاح فالنحمل الكلمه
    وبأي لغة نستطيع نشرها
    We are with Lebanon and Palestine against Israel and occupiers
    Nous sommes avec tous le Liban et la Palestine contre l’Israel et les occupants
    Wir sind zusammen mit dem Libanon und Palästina gegen Israel und Besatzer
    Somos todos con Líbano y Palestina contra Israel e inquilinos
    تحياتي للجميع

    By Blogger layal, at 18/7/06 11:28 PM  

  • hello everybody,

    today the SVN (syrian volunteer network) which is working in association with the syrian red crescent and various syrian ministries to help accommodate families and refugees coming from lebanon started it's activities.

    we are trying to accommodate as many people as we can in the limited time and recourses we have...please if anybody is interested in volunteering, we can use all the help we can get..

    donations are also welcome as we need cash and supplies to operate..with receipts from the syrian red crescent ofcourse...

    please contact the syrian red crescent (011) 9338
    or the syrian volunteer network +963 (94) 007110

    By Anonymous m, at 20/7/06 1:25 AM  

  • Ghalia - where are you??

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 22/7/06 5:08 PM  

  • a close picture of an oryx eyes is available at this address:

    By Anonymous ShamSon, at 19/9/06 3:45 PM  

  • Good to know what my name means! some dictionaries say the eyes of a wild cow and others a kind of deer!

    By Blogger Maha, at 12/3/08 3:37 PM  

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