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The Return of the Spirit
Egyptian Arabicعودة الروح
Genre Drama
Based on The Soul Return
Screenplay bySalah Tantawy
Story by Tawfiq al-Hakim
Directed by Hussein Kamal
Starring Salah Zulfikar
Music by Ammar El Sherei
Country of originEgypt
Original languageEgyptian Arabic
No. of episodes26
CinematographyWahid Farid
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production company Egyptian Television
Original networkEgyptian Television Network
Original release1977 (1977) –
1977 (1977)

The Return of the Spirit also known as The Soul Return ( Egyptian Arabic: عودة الروح, aliases: Return of the Spirit or Return of Soul or The Return of Consciousness, translit: Awdat Al-Roh, French: Retour de l'Esprit) is an Egyptian television miniseries starring Salah Zulfikar and directed by Hussein Kamal. [1] [2] [3] The series is based on the 1933 novel written by Tawfiq Al-Hakim under the same name. [4] [5] [6] [7]


A young man who lives with his father's family of three uncles, who all fall in love with their neighbor who does not care about one of them, but she loves a neighbor in the same house, which makes one of the women do black magic to separate them, and suddenly Egyptian Revolution of 1919. The neighbors' situation changes and they decide to participate in the revolution, but they are arrested and they are all placed in one prison, then they fall ill and are taken to the hospital in one room, and each one begins to recall his memories.

Novel adaptation

The novel inspired by the series, which takes place during the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, is considered one of the most important literary works in the first half of the 20th century and was presented also in the theater. Critics say that this series is the best work of art that conveys the spirit of the original literary work of the Egyptian author Tawfiq al-Hakim. [8] [9] [10] [11]

Cast and characters

Salah Zulfikar in the leading role as Selim.

Primary cast

Supporting cast

  • Muhammad Al-Arabi as Abdo
  • Younes Shalaby as Aliwa
  • Malak El Gamal as Nana'a
  • Abdul Rahim Al-Zarqani as Uncle Hassan
  • Nazim Shaarawy as Dr. Helmy
  • Sabri Abdel Aziz as Rizk
  • Ibrahim Al-Shami as Hamed
  • Nahed Samir as Dawlat Hanim
  • Abdullah Farghali as Bustami
  • Mohamed Shawky as Maimoon Gaber Maimon
  • Gamalat Zayed as Umm Sahloul
  • Saifullah Mukhtar as Nazaka
  • Etidal Shaheen as Safinaz Hanim
  • Mohammed Farhat Omar as Al-Sabilji
  • Jamil Ezz El Din as Kazuli
  • Ali Gohar as Mr. Black
  • Medhat Ghaly as Monsieur Fox
  • Ahmed Salah El-Din as Jamil Al-Hallaq
  • Yahya Tawfik as the family barber

See also


  1. ^ الجمهور الجديد (in Arabic). September 1978.
  2. ^ "ذكرى صلاح ذوالفقار .. فارس أحلام بنات مصر - شهريار النجوم" (in Arabic). 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  3. ^ al-Nahḍah (in Arabic). Dār al-Raʼy al-ʻĀmm. 1982.
  4. ^ "Return of the Spirit". AUCPress. Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  5. ^ "Return of the Spirit by Tawfiq al-Hakim: 9780143133971 | Books". Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  6. ^ al-Hakim, Tawfiq (2019-07-09). Return of the Spirit. Penguin. ISBN  978-0-14-313397-1.
  7. ^ خالد إسماعيل. ""عودة الروح".. رواية توفيق الحكيم التى أبهرت كل الفنانين!". (in Arabic). Archived from the original on August 29, 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  8. ^ "في ذكراه 120: بين الكوميديا والدراما.. أبرز خمس شخصيات سينمائية رسمها توفيق الحكيم - بوابة الشروق". (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  9. ^ Ḥakīm, Tawfīq (1990). Return of the Spirit: Tawfig Al-Hakim's Classic Novel of the 1919 Revolution : First Complete English Translation. Three Continents Press. ISBN  978-0-89410-425-1.
  10. ^ Hakim, Tawfiq (1985-06-18). The Return of Consciousness. Springer. ISBN  978-1-349-07176-0.
  11. ^ "Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim's "Return of the Spirit": Awaiting the day of resurrection -". - Dialogue with the Islamic World. Retrieved 2022-08-29.

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