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The article is an overview of the book "Maxime Rodinson Between Islam and the West. Interviews with Gerard D. Khoury.” The overview concentrates on the questions that reflect the philosophy of Rodinson concerning the relation between Islam and the West.
The article touches upon the reasons Maxime Rodinson believes are behind the Arab-Islamic civilizational backwardness. It concludes that it is wrong to say that Arabs and Muslims should put their religion and identity aside if they want to be civilized, as there is no specific race or religion that...
Poet Ahmed Abdel-Mo’ti Hegazi criticizes the fact that Maxim Rodinson’s book about the Prophet Muhammad will not be taught at AUC, as it defames the Prophet. He asked people to enjoy literature instead of censoring it.
The new Orientalism now uses mainly anthropological methods in interpreting classical texts, and employs sociological methods in interpreting contemporary phenomenon. We lack access to Western studies of classical topics as well as contemporary issues. However severely we criticize what others...
This is not just an interview. It is an attempt to break the silence and conspiracy over Nasr Hamed Abu-Zeid being sent into exile. How long will Nasr Abu-Zeid remain in exile? Who has benefited from changing an intellectual and researcher into a "cultural refugee"? Why does his leaving Egypt now,...
The American University in Cairo warned a student she may be dismissed after she decided to wear the niqab and they prevented her from attending her classes. The student said that the administration of the University did not try to find a midway solution with her and just took this arbitrary...
Canaan for Studies and Publications, in Damascus, published a book entitled "Between Islam and the West" by Maxim Rodenson. The book gives scientific and interesting answers for many questions about the reasons that caused Rodenson as a young Jewish man to become a very distinguished specialist in...
Rodinson’s book is a project for the joint understanding of Arab academics concerning building a scientific program for Islamic studies. He begins his study by asking many questions, some of which are ’How can we plan for the future of studies of dialogue concerning the Islamic world? What...
Outraged Lebanese students held a sit-in in Beirut on July 20 to protest Egypt’s banning of the classic book "The Prophet" by the late Lebanese-American author Gibran Khalil Gibran. One week later, AFP reported (erroneously according to the Office of the Censor) that information Minister Safwat...
In response to a spate of articles in the British media alleging that censorship has banned more than 90 books in Egypt, Minister of Information Safwat El-Sherif has dismissed such reports as "sheer fabrication with no basis of truth." British media charged that this included the book " The Prophet...
Last May [1998], students in an American University in Cairo (AUC) course on Muslim politics complained about Maxime Rodinson’s biography "Muhammad". In less than 24 hours after a columnist decried its teaching as blasphemous, Ministry of Higher Education Minister Mufeed Shehab ordered the...
Montasir disagrees with the defense of the French teacher by his friends.
Montasir continues his critique of the French teacher who assigned Rodinson’s book for students at AUC.
A reader of the RNSAW commented on the ban of Rodinson’s book on Mohammed. He is of the opinion Montassir should understand that Rodinson tried to understand Mohammed as a non-believer but not as some one who wanted to attack Islam.
A defense of the teacher who presented the book to the students to criticize it and a stress on the fact that what happened was within the boundaries of legitimate academic research.
Different scholars and men of religion give their opinions on the issue of teaching Maxim Rodinson.
The author calls for the banning of a book on the prophet Mohammed by Maxim Rodinson that is taught in AUC.
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