The Shrine of Sheikh Abu Saree’

Hazem Kamal Mohmed Ragab  |  Creative and Critical Writings  |  2023  |  Egypt
The graphic novel The Shrine of  Sheikh Abu Saree’ tells the story of a village shrine that becomes a popular site to visit and make donations, sparking conflict between two tribes over who is entitled to the shrine. The conflict comes to a head in a bitter conclusion to move the remains to a neutral place, only to finally discover that there is only the head of a calf in the shrine. The narrative centers on the never ending struggle over power — in particular religious power and its profound effect on the public — and the attendant wealth and prestige. This conflict is represented by the struggle over the ownership of the shrine and its rituals and offerings. The novel is also concerned with religious obsession and its effect on public awareness or lack thereof.