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Many of the issues considered as belonging to the proven and known in Islām can change according to time and circumstances. What some think as protection from foreign danger is really a restriction of development that gives one group of clergymen the authority to control the beliefs and...
An Egyptian professor is recognized by a German foundation for his freedom of thought. This article describes some of his views on the struggle to protect the right to freedom of thought in Egypt.
Moving from one chapter to another in Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin’s book My Father Adam, a reader is overwhelmed with shocking lines and the worst of them all was the content of the fourth chapter titled Satan’s Attitude on Prostration.
Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin tries to prove that wrong ideas can live forever. He insists on not admitting his mistakes and sins. The most famous mistake of Dr. Shahin is his book “My father Adam”, which, according to Dr. Zaghloul Al-Nagar, has no religious, scientific or literary aim. - See art. 12:...
Over and over again, we are just seeing the same incidents, names and climate that brought about terrorism, takfir [accusing someone of unbelief] and hisba [the right of a Muslim to defend public morality, suing on behalf of religion]. - See art. 18, 19: Screening the Soap Opera "Bint min Shurba...
Al-Liwā’ al-Islāmī hosted the Islamic intellectual Dr. ‘Abd al-Sabour Shāhīn, Professor of Linguistics, Faculty of Dār al-‘Uloum, Cairo University, in its first intellectual forum [or panel].
Shaykh Yousuf al-Badrī used to be a permanent figure in many news items, clutching to the sword of takfir [the act of accusing someone of unbelief] against intellectuals and bringing them to court. The controversial shaykh, however, had kept a low profile for some time, but recently rose from the...
[Translator’s note: All Translation of verses from the Qur’an are taken from The Koran Interpreted, Arthur J. Arberry, Oxford University Press, 1964.] Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin stressed that the Azhar did not do an act of courtesy in its report on his book "My Father Adam". He declared his opposition...
Seven years ago, Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin attacked Dr. Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid and now he finds himself accused because of his book "My Father Adam". Al-Midan asked him about the reality of his criticism of the Ministry of Endowments, the criticism of Dr. Beltagi about his book "My Father Adam", and...
Dr. Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid , who was accused of unbelief, five years ago, and fled to Holland commented, in an interview with Al Ahaly, on the case of Dr. Abdel Sabour Shaheen’s book "My Father Adam" , which was demanded to be banned but the court refused.
An interview with Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin, author of the controversial book "My father Adam", after the recent rejection of the case to ban the publishing of his book. Here he talks about the comparison of the case to a similar case he brought against Dr. Nasr Abu-Zeid some years ago, and about...
The Cairo Emergency Court decided yesterday to reject the court case to ban the book "My Father Adam" written by Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin. The court said that there was no direct and personal benefit for the plaintiff.
Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin has two court cases against him due to the publication of his book ’My Father Adam... The Story Of Creation Between Myth And Truth’, claiming in it that Adam is not the father of humankind, but the father of reasoning man, and that he was born of a father and a mother. Those...
This is the story of the most famous sixteen books which were confiscated throughout this century because of the taboos in our society (on religion, sex, and politics) which stand, like a sword on the neck, in front of everyone who has a certain opinion while the freedom allowed in the Arab world,...
Interview with Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, Grand Sheikh of the Azhar, about a range of actual subjects in Egypt, including regulating pilgrimage, his opposition to the embargo of Iraq, religious censorship, the new magazine of the Azhar, a fatwa on taking loans, presenting religious personalities...
The court for urgent appeals decided yesterday to delay the case about confiscating the book of Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin "My father Adam".
The Islamic Research Institute decided that what the author wrote was an effort to understand the Qur’anic text. " The committee does not agree to some of the contents of this effort but the committee does not see that the author has contradicted the basis of Faith or religion.
The final curtain was drawn on the case concerning Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin’s book "My Father Adam... The Story of Creation between Fantasy And Reality" after the committee formed by the Islamic Research Academy decided that what the author wrote was a attempt to understand the Qur’anic text and...
Dr. Mohammed Al-Ahmadi Aboul Nour, who is a professor of Hadith and the interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, the dean of Al-Azhar University Girls’ College and the former Minister of Religious Affairs, is poised to refute all the arguments made by Dr. Abdel Sabour Shahin in his recently-published and...
Wa’el Ibrashi got hold of the report the Azhar prepared about Abdel Sabour Shahin and discovered that the report can provide a new charter of freedom of speech, thought and " ijtihad " , bringing to a halt an approach of hunting down intellectuals, thinkers and artists as disparagingly tackling...

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