* Review of the book “Stations in the Colors of the Spectrum: The Journey of Renewal, Construction and Cultural Expression” by the author Prof. Dr. Mazen Muhammad Nazzal Al-Armouti..
References: Prof. Dr. Adel Awad Al-Zayadat, Yarmouk University.
Recently, Dr. Mazen Al-Armouti published a new book titled “Stations in the Colors of the Spectrum: The Journey of Renewal, Construction, and Cultural Expression.” It was published for the year 2022 by the National Press in Amman.
The book came in a large volume of cardboard and glossy paper in large pieces, with a title and decoration chosen with professional and creative care that captures the attention of the reader.
The number of pages of the book has exceeded 520 pages, and it indicates the extent of the knowledge momentum in this book that has covered a journey of a lofty stature in the service of the issues of the country and the citizen that has exceeded fifty years .
It should be noted here that writing biographies can be written about a person (biography, called in English). Autobiography and a biography written by the same person, which it is called
The difference between the two biographies is clear because the second one gives you the biographer’s point of view about the achievements and tasks he undertook and the problems he faced.
In its execution, we know the author’s way of thinking and his suffering in order to serve the country, and here the importance of Dr. Mazen’s volume that he wrote with his own hand, his thinking, his knowledge and his suffering, and with an analytical and intellectual template that deviates from the usual pattern without adhering to a specific agenda.
The book also covered some of the various activities of his late father, Muhammad Nazzal Al-Armouti, the national figure known for his dedication to serving the various issues of the country.
This volume also contains traditional photographs that demonstrate this great achievement by dr. Mazen Al-Armouti narrated.
Dr. Mazen has a career full of achievements and a multitude of interests and pioneering fields, as he has clear imprints at the level of the country, the Arab world and the international community.
Since the seventies of the last century, Dr. Mazen has held positions in the fields of journalism, media, academics, culture, diplomacy and international relations, where he founded and held the position of head of the first department of journalism and media at Yarmouk University. in Jordan in 1980.
During his tenure as a university teacher, and thanks to his multiple talents and his ability to anticipate the future for Jordan’s needs for sustainable development, he founded and led the Jerash Festival of Culture and Art “1980-1985” to bring Jordan to introducing the world. and put Jordan on the cultural and tourism map of the world.
He also worked as an adviser to His Highness Prince Hassan since 1989, and he was aware of the need to prepare professional diplomats by training them on the foundations and constants of Jordanian diplomacy to work professionally in our embassies abroad , in addition to qualifying the workers. and spokespersons of our institutions to convey the correct views on what is going on.
Programs were also implemented to rehabilitate military personnel, cultural attachés and the rest of the workers in the areas of foreign service.
Dr. Mazen was also chosen with many tasks “and he is a man of difficult tasks” to represent Jordan, including the Jordanian Commissioner General for the Seville International Exhibition in Spain in 1992.
As well as the Commissioner General for the affairs of the Jordanian Week in Japan in 1995.
He was also the official spokesman of the state for electoral affairs for the thirteenth Jordanian parliament in 1997.
Then, embassies in a number of European countries and with some international organizations.
It should be noted here that Dr Mazen’s activities also extended to cultural expression in urbanization projects he carried out, such as projects (Darat Al-Farah 1 and Darat Al-Farah 2) in terms of the heritage and cultural dimensions and manifestations of the interior design of these projects, as well as art, furniture and collectibles.
I had the honor of working under the management of Dr. Mazen, where I got to know him better and learned a lot from him when he first established the Department of Journalism and Information in Jordan in 1980, where the Department Journalism gained an international reputation when it started offering training programs for students and women journalists at the international and local level in collaboration with UNESCO. He has held many international conferences. He was the owner of an encyclopedic thought and culture, and he is one of the well-known media men. He held many positions inside and outside Jordan.
Among the most prominent activities that Dr. Mazen settled in the Department of Journalism and Media, where he founded the Arab American Association of Communication together with some American professors at several American universities, especially the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee. Professors “OSAS”, where this association contributed to the development of teaching programs in the departments of journalism and media to be in line with and emerging needs through the adoption of new education models.
I am also interested in finding sites on the Internet to present Arab and Islamic issues that help improve the stereotypical image of Arabs and confront the Zionist and foreign media.
Dr Mazen did not lose sight of the importance of free and democratic speech in the march of the Jordanian press. In 1989, during our discussions on press freedom, the Jordanian Press and Publications Act of 1973, which was in force at the time. , emerged, which did not address the principle of press freedom.
Consequently, Dr. Mazen, together with dr. Adel Al-Zayadat, drafted a new law that takes into account the principles of democracy and press freedom under the title “The Legal Environment for the Press in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.” It emphasized. freedom of the press for the first time, and the Journal of Studies of the University of Jordan published this research in 1989.
Due to the importance of this research, the President of the Journalists’ Syndicate at the time requested that this article be published in the newspaper Al-Rai, and this has already been done.
Dr Mazen was also interested in the issue of women’s empowerment, and this is what led UNESCO, in collaboration with the Department of Journalism and Information, to hold specialized courses to train women journalists in the various arts of journalistic writing. journalists from various Arab countries, they included women journalists from Europe and Asia.
The participants in the first international conference of the Department of Journalism and Information, in collaboration with the OSAS Association, discussed the establishment of supreme media councils to organize media work and focus on the ethics of the journalistic professions and commitment to them in the light of which modern technologies can produce in terms of methods that contribute to more deception and public shadow.
In conclusion, appreciation, praise and thanks should be given to Dr. Mazen for this great effort to bring out this encyclopedia volume on the achievements of a learned stature who served his country with honesty and sincerity, far from suspicion, rampant corruption in the country and narrow private interests He has all our respect and appreciation.
We hope that this fragrant biography will be an example to those who hold these public positions in the Jordanian state