Newsletter Septembre-October 2023

From September 18ᵗʰ to 23ʳᵈ, in Marseille, the Rencontres de la Méditerranée (Mediterranean Encounters) breathed new life into exchanges, sharing, reflection and friendship. Two IDEO members took part in the Scientific Council: Jean Jacques Pérennès, OP who is about to step down as director of the French School for Biblical and Archaeological Studies in Jerusalem, and Emmanuel Pisani, OP. Among the 70 young people selected from Mediterranean shores, they found our scholarship holder, Mr. Francesco Antonini, as well as three Egyptian women. During working sessions, these young minds interacted with esteemed individuals in violet robes to outline courses of action and proposals. Among them, they suggested the creation of an academic network dedicated to “strengthening Mediterranean awareness”. This bold idea would see the creation of a Mediterranean Research Chair by 2025. The IDEO has already been invited to make a scientific contribution. These warm encounters place our Institute at the heart of a promising ecclesial and inter-religious dynamic, in the service of the Mediterranean and its peoples. If the memory of the Mediterranean sometimes bears the painful scars of wounds, we can attest that its history, like a mosaic, also reveals the fruitfulness of its theological and cultural interactions.


On September 26ᵗʰ, Dennis Halft, OP gave a talk entitled “Islam in the Holy Land” during the seminar series “Next Year in Jerusalem!” at the Katholische Glaubensinformation Fides Center in Düsseldorf, Germany.

On September 30ᵗʰ, Mr. Guillaume de Vaulx gave a talk entitled “The Status of nature and the paradox of creation in Islamic Thought”, at the study day “New research in Arabic studies”, organized by the University of Strasbourg.

Scientific councils

On September 8ᵗʰ, Mateus Domingues da Silva, OP gave a talk  entitled “Bodies, Interface between natural philosophy and metaphysics, according to Suhrawardī”, at the 11ᵗʰ international conference “Reason and Nature: Science, Philosophy and Theology in Classical and Post-Classical Islam”, organized by the International Society for the History of Arab and Islamic Sciences and Philosophy in Munich.

From September 17ᵗʰ to 24ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP and Jean Jacques Pérennès, OP participated in the Scientific Council of the Mediterranean encounters in Marseille.

On September 26ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP participated in the Scientific Council of the PLURIEL group to prepare for the webinar on October 27ᵗʰ about the challenges of universal fraternity and the Abu Dhabi Conference scheduled for February 2024 on the challenges and reception of the “Document on Human Fraternity”.

Abu Dhabi Congress on the Document on Human Fraternity – Inscriptions and Scholarships

From February 4 to 7, 2024, PLURIEL is organizing a Congress in Abu Dhabi on the impact and perspectives of the Document on Human Fraternity, which was signed five years ago by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyib. 

You can register to attend.

In this context, the Anawatī Chair is offering scholarships to young adults (under 35 years of age) to participate to the congress and explore the impact and the reception of the Document on Human Fraternity. 

For more details about this opportunity and to review the registration conditions, please visit the Anawatī Chair webpage.


On September 18ᵗʰ, several members of IDEO cataloging team participated in a meeting at the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts, bringing together the three Egyptian teams currently working on Diamond: The Institute of Arabic Manuscripts, the Saint Mark Foundation for Coptic Heritage and IDEO. We continued to reflect together on our cataloging practices.


On September 9ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Oussama Nabil, professor at the Faculty of Languages and Translations at al-Azhar University.

On September 19ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mrs. Dina Youssef, head of the Libraries Sector at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and director of the IFLA Center for Arabic Libraries, as well as Mrs. Rania Osman, Director of Projects and Operations at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and national representative on the RDA Committee for Africa.

On September 22ⁿ, Jean Druel, OP gave a tour of the convent and the IDEO to a group of around twenty students from the American University who are studying Arabic at the CASA center.

Scholars’ House

During the month of September, we had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Francesco Antonini, a master student in medieval philosophy at the University Paris-Sorbonne, who has been awarded the IFI/IDEO/IFAO pre-doctoral scholarship for 10 months; as well as Mr. Michael Lessman, a PhD student at Yale University in religious studies and philosophy.


  • Dominique Avon, «Le discours des autorités sunnites dans le monde arabe au tournant des XX  et XXI siècles», Michel Younès et Ali Mostfa (dir.), L’autorité en islam. Quelle régulation?, Valence, Peuple libre Eds, 2023.
  • Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen, Introduction, Quête des ansāb et quête des ashrāf dans le monde arabe à l’époque moderne et contemporaine, Oriente Moderno, 103-1 (2023) pp. 133.
  • Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen, «Les “Historiens des Chorfa”. Deux ouvrages généalogiques sur les chorfa marocains à l’époque contemporaine (fin XIXe siècle – fin XXe siècle)», Quête des ansāb et quête des ashrāf dans le monde arabe à l’époque moderne et contemporaine, Oriente Moderno, 103-1, 2023, pp. 157199.
  • Francesca Bellino, Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen and Luca Patrizi (dir.), L’adab, toujours recommencé. “Origins”, Transmissions, and Metamorphoses of Adab Literature, Leyde, Brill, 2023, 872 pages.
  • Brigitte Cholvy, François Martinet et Emmanuel Pisani, (dir.), Le monastère de Toumliline: La rencontre de l’autre en terre marocaine, Paris, Karthala, 2023.
  • Emmanuel Pisani, « Le Père Peyriguère: dialogue avec les musulmans et vision de l’islam », in Brigitte Cholvy, François Martinet, Emmanuel Pisani (dir.), Le monastère de Toumliline: La rencontre de l’autre en terre marocaine, Paris, Karthala, 2023, p. 133-148.

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