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2. Burning books at the Azhar and the People’s Assembly

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2. Burning books at the Azhar and the People’s Assembly
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2004
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27
Article number: 
2
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p. 26
Date of source: 
2004-06-03
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Last week, the catastrophe of the confiscation of books appeared on the surface again

as two books were accused of offending religion. The book of “Shukran Bin Laden” [Thank you Bin

Laden] by Sayyed Al-Qimni was recommended to be banned by the Islamic Research Institute. The

other book “Tahya Al-Lugha Al-Arabiya…Yasqout Sebawayi” [Long Live the Arabic…death to Sebawayi”

by Sheriff Al-Shubashi was confiscated as a result of a campaign launched by a member of the

Parliament affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Last week, the catastrophe of confiscation of books appeared on the surface

again as two books were accused of offending religion. In spite of the fact that the Islamic

Research Institute did not announce the reasons for its decision to ban the book of “Shukran Bin

Laden” [Thank you Bin Laden] by Sayyed Al-Qimni. We tried hard to know these reasons but the

Institute refused to tell them. Nevertheless, all know that the ready-made accusations are:

violating the principles of religion, offending the Companions of the Prophet and similar

accusations that have been previously directed to all books recommended to be banned by the Azhar

over the last years.


The book of Sayyed Al-Qimni includes a number of articles that were

published before in the [magazines of] Rose Al-Youssef, “Adab and Naqd” [literature and

criticism] and Al-Dimoqratiya [Democracy]. No one tries to discuss the contents of these articles

and members of the Islamic Research Institute decided that confiscation is easier than dialogue.


The other book “Tahya Al-Lugha Al-Arabiya…Yasqout Sebawayi” [Long Live the Arabic…shut-up

Sebawayi” [‘yascout’ litteraly means ‘fall.’ It could mean ‘shut-up’ or ‘death to.’ Sebawayi is a

medieval scholar who put down the rules for Arabic grammar] by Sheriff Al-Shubashi was

confiscated as a result of a campaign launched by a member of the Parliament affiliated with the

Muslim Brotherhood. Although this book is about the development of the Arabic language, the

Brotherhood MP played on religious feelings and linked between the book and Islam under the

pretext that Arabic is the language of the Qur’an.

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