Dear friends,

While no one believed it anymore, the 52ⁿᵈ edition of the Book Fair took place in Cairo from June 30ᵗʰ to July 15ᵗʰ.  Aside from the masks, which are mandatory, nothing has changed. Hundreds of booksellers from the Arab world are present, thousands of visitors and a festive atmosphere despite the extreme heat outside the halls. The library team patiently went through the four huge air-conditioned halls, systematically visited the 756 booths and worked so hard to acquire more than 1,000 titles (1,800 volumes), in the field of Classical Arabic and Islamic heritage.

We are also pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of MIDEO (36, 2021), dedicated to iǧtihād and taqlīd (independent thinking and submission to the argument of authority). It is fully available online.

Conference

From June 2ⁿᵈ‒4ᵗʰ, Ms. Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau co-organized with Ms. Mathilde Boudier, from the University of Paris‒1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, an international conference entitled “Umayyad Syria: A Context for the Qurʾān?”, which took place in the University of Strasbourg. Click here to watch the conference on YouTube (in French)…

Lectures

From June 7‒9ᵗʰ, the 9ᵗʰ edition of Alexandria Festival “Writing the Mediterranean” entitled “Return to Philosophy” was held. Mr. Aziz Hilal led a philosophical discussion on the beginnings of Arab Philosophy and animated a session on the topic of “The Humanistic Heritage and the Contribution of the Arabs”.

On June 11ᵗʰ, Mr. Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “The Great Imām of al-Azhar, Islam and the Humanities. Historical Perspective of Some Declarations (2010‒2020)”, as part of the European seminar coordinated by Emmanuel Pisani, OP “Dynamics and challenges of the revival of Islamic Studies in Europe”.

On June 28ᵗʰ, Mr. Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Muḥammad al-Ġazālī vs Ignaz Goldziher: A Historiographical Issue”, as part of the 4ᵗʰ conference of the GIS-MOMM (Middle East and Islamic Worlds).

Library Extension Project

From June 14ᵗʰ‒23ʳᵈ, Charles Desjobert, OP, architect specialized in historical buildings, came to Cairo in order to study the current buildings of the library and the priory and to make proposals for the extension of the stores and a better use of the premises.

Visits

On June 18ᵗʰ, we welcomed Ms. Sylvie Hekimyan de Mirbeck from the travel agency Bipel, as part of a preparation trip for pilgrimages to Egypt.

On June 26ᵗʰ, we welcomed Ms. Hanan Sabea, professor of anthropology at the American University in Cairo, who accompanied a group of Egyptian NewGen scholars (photo). The Arab Council for Social Sciences offers scholarships to young students of all disciplines, the New Generation of Social Scientists, and organizes trainings in the human sciences.

On July 14ᵗʰ, we received the visit of Mr. Salem al-Zurayqani, Libyan publisher.

Scholars’ House

From July 3ʳᵈ‒10ᵗʰ, we received in the Scholars’ House Ms. Géraldine Chatelard, in charge of the cooperation with the Middle East at the French National Library.

Publications

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Newsletter — May 2021

Dear friends,

The year 2021 will definitely be a year of changes in our team in Cairo. After twenty-four years as director of the IDEO’s library, René-Vincent du Grandlaunay, OP passes the torch to Mateus Domingues Da Silva, OP (photo) and takes a few sabbatical months. Through his efforts and uninterrupted work, René-Vincent has not only opened up the library’s acquisition policy to the Arab World in general, but he has also developed a cataloguing application capable of honoring the genius of the Arab-Muslim heritage and has built a working team of more than fifteen persons today.

Mateus is Brazilian. He has just defended his doctoral thesis on the mystical philosopher Šihāb al-Dīn al-Suhrawardī (d. 587/1191) at McGill University, Montreal under the supervision of Robert Wisnovsky. We wish him all the best in the task ahead and we assure him of the support of the whole team. To help him in his responsibilities, he will be assisted by Ms. Engy Elgammal, who will succeed Mr. Mohamed Malchouch in September as cataloging director.

Lectures

On May 12ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP participated in the Popular Digital University organized by the Foundation of Islam in France (FIF) with Mr. Omero Marongiu and Mr. Ghaleb Bencheikh, on the topic of “Spiritualties facing the ecological question”. Click here to watch the video on the FIF Facebook page (in French)…

On May 17ᵗʰ, Mr. Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Freedom of conscience in Egypt and in the whole Arab World”, organized by the Friends of the IDEO. Click here to watch the lecture on YouTube (in French)…

On May 21ˢᵗ, Emilio Platti, OP gave an online lecture entitled “An assessment of Llull’s interreligious endeavors from a contemporary perspective”, during the conference organized by the KU Leuven university on Ramon Llull.

Research seminar

On May 21ˢᵗ, as part of the research seminar ”Representations of Islam: views and panchronic experiences” organized at the University of Strasbourg, Ms. Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau and Ms. Salomé Deboos invited Mr. Pierre Lory from the École pratique des Hautes-Études to speak on the topic of “Origins and development of Islamic mysticism (2ⁿᵈ‒4ᵗʰ/8ᵗʰ‒10ᵗʰ centuries)”.

IFAO-IDEO (pre-)doctoral scholarship 2021‒2022

We are pleased to announce the grant of the third edition of the joint IFAO-IDEO (pre-)doctoral scholarship to Mr. Mickael Massey, from the University of Strasbourg. His research project focuses on 6ᵗʰ/12ᵗʰ-century Andalusian literature (adab): methods of compiling knowledge, collections of prose and anthologies.

Workshop

On May 19ᵗʰ, Mr. Emad Habib, head of the manuscript cataloging team at the Arab Manuscripts Institute, Mr. Magdy Yackoub, developer of the Diamond cataloging application, and Jean Druel, OP led a workshop at the IFAO on manuscripts cataloging for a group of Coptic Orthodox monks.

Publications

  • Guillaume de Vaulx et Nibras Chehayed, La destructivité en œuvres, essai sur l’art syrien contemporain, Beyrouth : Presses de l’Ifpo, 2021, 208 pages.
  • Jean Jacques Pérennès, « Pierre Claverie et Christian de Chergé, deux regards sur le mystère de l’islam », Islamochristiana, 45 (2018), pages 191‒203.
  • Jean Jacques Pérennès, « Jacques Jomier (1914‒2018), Dialog über das Kennen und Verstehen der muslimischen Kultur vor Ort », Wegbereiter des Interreligiösen Dialogs, Band III (Petrus Bsteh, Brigitte Procksch ed.), Wien, LIT Verlag, 2020, pages 163‒172.

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Newsletter — April 2021

Dear friends,

The pioneer work of the IDEO in the field of manuscript cataloging has been rewarded by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), on the World Arabic Manuscript Day. Traditionally, libraries manage manuscripts and printed materials in separate catalogs, with no link between them. However, in Islamic studies, a manuscript is a book like any other and researchers read and cite manuscripts in a quite natural way. The online application Diamond, developed by the IDEO for several years, is the only application currently capable of cataloguing manuscripts and printed materials in the same database, according to IFLA-LRM international standards. The immediate consequence of doing so is that the works and the ideas of the authors are highlighted, rather than the types of document, manuscripts or printed, through which we received these works. For two years, the IDEO has been collaborating with the Arabic Manuscripts Institute, which belongs to the Arab League in Cairo. This ALECSO award acknowledges the efforts of the teams from the two institutes. Click here to open the record displayed above…

Lecture

On April 6th, Amir Jajé, OP gave a lecture entitled “Pope Francis in Iraq, a landmark of fraternity” This lecture was co-organized by the Friends of the IDEO and the association Chrétiens de la Méditerranée. Click here to watch the lecture on YouTube…

Research seminar

On April 9ᵗʰ, as part of the research seminar “Representations of Islam: views and panchronic experiences” organized at the University of Strasbourg, Ms. Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau and Ms. Salomé Deboos invited Mr. Daniel De Smet from the École pratique des Hautes-Études to speak on the topic of “Ismailism, an esoteric version of Islam”.

Translation workshop

Guillaume de Vaulx organizes, together with Salam Diab-Duranon, a workshop entitled “European Vocabulary of Philosophies”. This workshop, which aims to translate the untranslatable concepts of philosophy into Arabic, takes place two Wednesdays a month at the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO). Click here for more information…

Training sessions

On April 11th, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a session on the topic of “Dialogue: principles and theological issues” at the Diocesan House of Saint-Denis.

From April 19th‒22nd, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave an introductory session on the religious traditions at the Institute of Religious and Pastoral Studies (IERP) of Toulouse.

Visits

On April 5th, we welcomed Mr. Jakub Jajcay, PhD student at the American University of Beirut, who works on the history of conflicts in Lebanon.

Publication

  • Emmanuel Pisani (dir.), Les doctrines religieuses sont-elles condamnées à s’opposer ? Actes du colloque de l’ISTR des 6 et 7 février 2020, Paris, Cerf, 2021.

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Newsletter — March 2021

Dear friends,

From March 5ᵗʰ‒8ᵗʰ, Pope Francis traveled to Iraq and visited many Christian and Muslim religious leaders, both Sunni and Shia. The scars left by the successive conflicts in Iraq and by the grip of Daech are not only visible on the buildings. They are deeply engraved in the flesh and the memory of the Yazidis, the Christians and Muslims who were accused of not being “orthodox enough”. This visit will not change anything if we do not change the way we see others. This visit testifies that it is possible, and it encourages all of us to do it. We wish you all a great feast of the Resurrection, Christians, Muslims, believers or not!

Lectures

On March 1ˢʳ, Amir Jajé, OP gave a lecture entitled “Interreligious dialogue in Iraq and its impact on the future of Christians in the region”, at an online conference dedicated to the history of Christians in Iraq and the impact of the Pope’s visit. The conference was organized by al-Balaghi Academy (Al-Khoei Foundation) and the Academic Research Center in Najaf.

On March 22ⁿᵈ, Julien Loiseau & Robin Seignobos gave an online lecture as part of the “Midan Mounira” series. This lecture was entitled “Christians and Muslims in the Nile Valley in the Middle Ages”. Click here to watch the lecture on Youtube (in French with Arabic subtitles)…

Online course

In March, Adrien Candiard, OP gave a three-week online course entitled “Introduction to Islamic theology” to students of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), in Rome.

Interreligious meeting

Amir Jajé, OP participated in the organization of the interreligious meeting, which was held on March 6ᵗʰ in Ur as part of the apostolic journey of Pope Francis in Iraq (photo). It was a historic meeting, which brought together religious leaders from different Iraqi religions and beliefs: Shia and Sunni Muslims, Christians, Sabians, Mandaeans, Yezidis, Zoroastrians, Bahá’ís, Shabaks and Kakais.

Seminar

On March 19ᵗʰ, Paul Akpomie, OP and Jean Druel, OP participated in an online seminar on mixed marriages organized by a group of Coptic-Orthodox professional youth.

Visits

On March 2ⁿᵈ, we welcomed a group of Arabic language students at the American University in Cairo in the CASA program. They were accompanied by Mr. Amr Abdelaty Saleh, professor of Islamic studies in English at al-Azhar University and in Arabic at the American University.

On March 14ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Kevin Mark Lee, the new Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Singapore, and Mr. Nikhil Jonas, his predecessor.

On March 15ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. François Cornet d’Elzius, Ambassador of Belgium.

Scholars’ House

In March, we had the pleasure of receiving in the Scholars’ House Ms. Marie-Nil Chounet, who is giving a course in political philosophy at the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS), and Mr. Simon Conrad, PhD student in Islamic Studies at the Princeton University.

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Newsletter — January/February 2021

Dear friends,

On February 3ʳᵈ and 4ᵗʰ, al-Azhar celebrated the second anniversary of the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi, a declaration signed by the Great Imam of al-Azhar, Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib and Pope Francis, by organizing a two-day online conference headed by Dr. Muḥammad al-Ḍuwaynī, Vice-Great Imam of al-Azhar (photo). Unfortunately, as is too often the case, this important event largely went unnoticed outside Arabic-speaking milieus. The good is too often silent and the truth is frequently overshadowed by rumors!

(Pre-) doctoral fellowship IFAO-IDEO

The IFAO and the IDEO are pleased to announce the release of the call for applications for their joint one-year scholarship in Cairo (September 2021‒August 2022). This scholarship is open to Pre- PhD and PhD students in kalām, falsafa and classical Arabic linguistics. Deadline for applications: April 30th, 2021. Click here for more information (in French)…

Call for papers

The IDEO is pleased to announce the release of the call for papers for the conference “The Cairo Edition of the Qurʾān, 1924”, organized in Cairo on October 16ᵗʰ and 17ᵗʰ, 2021 under the supervision of Mrs. Asma Hilali. Deadline for sending proposals: May 15ᵗʰ, 2021. Click here for more information…

Seminars and lectures

On February 4ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP and Rachid Benzine took part in a discussion about “How to soothe Islam?” organized by the newspaper La Croix. Click here to watch the video (in French)…

On February 17ᵗʰ, Michel Cuypers, PFJ gave an online class about the composition of the Qurʾān during the “Qurʾānic Studies” online course organized by Mehdi Azaiez at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

On February 18ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “Suicide in Islam”, as part of the DU in Suicidology at the University of Paris-Descartes.

On February 21ˢᵗ, Mrs. Asma Lambrabet gave an online lecture entitled “The question of women at the heart of the spiritual renovation of Islam”. The status of women must be understood in the light of general Qurʾānic values (justice, equity, compassion…) and not in the light of a few verses interpreted too quickly and used as intangible legal principles. The hope for renovation that this ethical reading brings is at the service of the liberation of all —especially the weakest— and not just of women, who have been made completely invisible in the Muslim tradition. Read the report in English here… Click here to listen to the lecture on YouTube (in French, with Arabic subtitles)…

On February 27ᵗʰ, Michel Cuypers, PFJ gave a lecture on Semitic rhetoric, composition and intertextuality to the PhD students of Youssef Kellam, Professor of comparative religion at the University al-Qarawīn, Establishment Dār al-Ḥadīth al-Ḥasaniyya, in Rabat, Morocco. This lecture was organized with the support of the Jessour association for studies, scientific research and education. Click here to watch the lecture on Facebook (in French)…

Research seminar

On February 12ᵗʰ, as part of the research seminar “Representations of Islam: views and panchronic experiences” organized at the University of Strasbourg, Ms. Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau and Ms. Salomé Deboos invited Ms. Constance Arminjon from the École pratique des Hautes-Études to speak on the topic of “Theology and religious thought in contemporary Islam. Distinguishing temporalities”.

Election

On January 22ⁿᵈ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP was elected as member of the new coordination committee of PLURIEL (University Platform for Research on Islam in Europe and Lebanon) for a three-year term.

Courses

On January 16ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave an intensive course on “Theology of religions and interreligious dialogue” to the 80 students of the evening program at the Catholic Institute of Paris (ICP).

On February 6ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP co-led the study day “Mary in Christian and Muslim mysticism”, organized by the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions in Paris (ISTR) and the movement “Together with Mary“ (EAM).

Celebration

On February 3ʳᵈ, Jean Druel, OP delivered a talk at the online celebration organized by al-Azhar on the second anniversary of the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi between the Shaykh of al-Azhar Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib and Pope Francis. Click here to watch the video (in Arabic)…

Thesis Defense

On February 19ᵗʰ, Mr. Resul Karaca defended his PhD thesis at the University of Paderborn, under the supervision of Dominique Avon (EPHE) and Sabine Schmitz (Universität Paderborn). His thesis is entitled “Construction of Islam. Muslims as important vectors for the search for national identity in France today”.

Visits

On January 18ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Nikhil Jonas, First Secretary at the Embassy of Singapore in Egypt.

On February 10ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Djamel Djazouli, PhD student in Islamic studies at the École pratique des Hautes-Études, Paris.

On February 12ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Guillaume Pitron, journalist.

On February 22ⁿᵈ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Jean-Charles Ducène, professor at the École pratique des Hautes-Études, Paris.

On February 23ʳᵈ, we received Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the European Union in Egypt, and Mrs. Marina Vraila, Head of the political section.

On February 25ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Ms. Ariane Lavrilleux, journalist at Le Point and the radio network Europe 1.

Publications

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Newsletter —December 2020

Dear friends,

As the pandemic continues to take its toll everywhere in the world, Egypt is currently being hit by a second wave of contamination. It is impossible to know the exact number of patients suffering of Covid-19 because, the cost of a PCR test being almost 150 euros, only a tiny percentage of Egyptians are able to be tested. In this context, and just like the trees in our garden (photo) which have undergone a severe pruning, you will understand that our activities are running a little slow. But while we decided not to organize any more seminars, the library remains open to the readers, with the necessary health measures. We wish you all a happy new year 2021. May the regained serenity allow you to make exciting discoveries and fruitful encounters.

Lectures

On December 1ˢᵗ, Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Modesty in the discourse of men of religion (19ᵗʰ‒21ˢᵗ centuries)”, during a conference entitled “Islam and Modesty” organized by the FNRS (National Fund for Scientific Research).

On December 15ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP participated in a discussion with Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi on the Coran des historiens (Paris: Cerf, 2019), as part of the CéSor debates organized by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).

Evening study session

On December 16ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP led with Paul Airiau, François Bousquet and Cédric Baylocq an evening study session on the topic of “Religions and secularism: the challenge of intransigence” in partnership with the association the Friends of the IDEO and the newspaper La Croix, and with the participation of Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner and Bertrand Wallon.

Visits

On December 1ˢᵗ, we welcomed for lunch bishop Claudio Lurati, newly appointed for the Latin-rite Catholics in Egypt.

On December 2ⁿᵈ, we welcomed Ms. Pilar Villanueva, First Counsellor of the Spanish Embassy in Cairo, and Mr. Cándido Creis Estrada, Cultural Counsellor.

Publications

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Newsletter — November 2020

Dear friends,

As the sanitary situation is still lasting, this is a good time for strategic thinking. On November 26ᵗʰ, the IDEO was invited to participate in a meeting of the Egyptian members of the GIS MOMM. Behind this code name hides a Scientific Interest Groupment of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), dedicated to the Middle East and Islamic worlds. We met in Alexandria (photo) in the premises of the CEAlex, with representatives of the IFAO and the CEDEJ. The purpose of this meeting was to propose an update of the 2014 MOMM GIS Livre Blanc and to propose ways to strengthen our current collaborations: joint fellowships, sharing of documentary collections, research projects. Our fields of study are complementary and would greatly benefit from closer collaboration.

Lectures

On November 19ᵗʰ, Dennis Halft, OP gave a lecture entitled “Muslim Interpretations of the Bible as Heteronomous Texts? Possible advantages of a concept of classical philology in Islamic sciences” at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

Mellon project

On November 1ˢᵗ, we started a project of development of our cataloguing software Diamond, funded by the Mellon Foundation in the frame of a larger project supported by the French National Library (BnF). This project consists of developing Diamond to enable future partners of the BnF to transfer their metadata to the Portal of Libraries of the Orient in Gallica. We have recruited two researchers, Zainab Assawi (Dār al-ʿUlūm) and Ahmed Sayed (al-Azhar), to enrich the referential metadata of works of the Arab and Islamic heritage. This project will run until 2023.

Visits

On November 19ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Giampaolo Cantini, Italian Ambassador to Egypt, and Mr. Andrea Benzo, First Counsellor.

On November 20ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Jamel Oubéchou, Cultural Counsellor of the French Embassy and Director of the French Institute.

Publications

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Newsletter — October 2020

Dear friends,

Current events and international tensions remind us that there is a difference between rights and friendship. Yes, we all have the right to be mocking, sarcastic, or even hateful, but no, this is not the desirable mode of our relationships with each other. There is no inalienable right to ridicule the sensibility of people and there is no intangible taboo that would make religions untouchable sacred objects. We must be able to continue to talk about all this in class, at university, with friends and family. Wish you all a great celebration of the Prophet’s Birth and a happy feast of All Saints’ Day!

International Conference

From October 16ᵗʰ‒18ᵗʰ we held in Cairo (and on Zoom) the third IDEO Conference “From the back of the heart: Reciting in the Early Islamic Empire”, of which Devin Stewart was the keynote speaker. An interesting side of the topic of recitation is, among other things, that it forces us to reconsider the definition of what a text is. Click here to read the report of the conference…

IDEO Seminar

On October 20ᵗʰ, Mr. Simon Conrad, PhD student in Islamic Studies at Princeton University, presented his current research on Abū al-ʿIlā ʿAfīfī (1897‒1966) who was the first to introduce Sufi studies at the Egyptian University. Click here to read the report…

Thesis defense

On October 30ᵗʰ, Mateus Domingues Da Silva, OP successfully defended his doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Miguel Attie Filho (São Paulo) and Robert Wisnovsky (McGill), entitled “Suhrawardī and the metaphysics of lights”. The assessors were Catarina Belo, Josep Puig Montada, Carlos Fraenkel and Olga Lizzini.

Contributions

Form October 1ˢᵗ‒3ʳᵈ, Michel Cuypers, PFJ participated in the Seventh International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric (Gregorian University, Rome). In his contribution he presented a rhetorical and inter-textual analysis of the eighth Sūra of the Qurʾān “The Spoils”.

On October 5ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “Christianity and Islam. From polemics to dialogue”, to the radicalized prisoners in the Santé Prison in Paris, at the invitation of the School for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS).

On October 22ⁿᵈ, Adrien Candiard, OP participated in the opening conference of the Louis Massignon Chair of Religious Studies at the Center for International Studies (Sciences Po-CERI), during which he made a contribution with Mr. Olivier Roy on the topic of “Faith versus identity? The religious dimension in cultural wars”.

Lecture

On October 31ˢᵗ, we welcomed at the IDEO the group “Seket Maaref” (featured on the picture) for a lecture by Omaima Abubakr on women scholars in Islamic sciences in the first centuries of Islam. While tradition has transmitted to us the names of hundreds of women who have studied, taught and written in most Islamic sciences, no manuscript has come down to us. This is probably due to the fact that women did not teach in the official madrasah networks when this system became widespread.

Interviews

On October 4ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP participated in the France 2 television program Les chemins de la foi on the topic of “Creation and ecology in Islam”.

On October 9ᵗʰ, Mr. Bechir Choucha, made a video clip on the IDEO and its library. Click here to watch the video on Facebook (in Arabic)…

Visits

On October 4ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mrs. Camille Thiébaut, from the political section of the French Embassy.

On October 28ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. François Cornet d’Elzius, Belgian Ambassador to Egypt, and his wife.

Scholars’ House

In October we had the pleasure of receiving in the Scholars’ House Mr. Simon Conrad, PhD student in Islamic Studies at the Princeton University.

Publications

  • Adrien CandiardDu fanatisme: quand la religion est malade, Paris : Cerf, 2020.
  • Emilio Platti, De Koran herontdekt, Averbode: Uitgeverij Averbode|‌Erasme N.V., 2020, 96 pages.
  • Dominique Avon, « Du droit religieux dans le droit étatique : approche historique de la législation anti-blasphème dans les États à référence musulmane depuis les années 1960 », dans Cédric Burgun & Ludovic Danto (dir.), Le Blasphème. Le retour d’une question juridique oubliée entre droits sacrés et droits civils, Paris, Artège/Lethielleux, 2020, pages 115‒144.

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Newsletter — September 2020

Dear friends,

We hope that the developments of the health crisis do not disrupt your activities too much.

Circumstances force us to organize our next conference online. Dedicated to recitation (among Copts, Syriacs and Muslims), it will take place on October 16ᵗʰ, 17ᵗʰ and 18ᵗʰ. Please contact us to register and receive the links for the Zoom sessions. Registration is free and the program is available here…

We hope that many of you will register!

Lectures

On September 3ʳᵈ, Ahmad Wagih gave an online lecture at the invitation of Tasees Center (Khartoum). The lecture was entitled “Commentary of Risāla fī ḥaqīqat al-taʾwīl by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. Yaḥyā al-Muʿallimī al-Yamānī (d. 1967)”. Click here to listen to the lecture in Arabic on Youtube…

On September 9ᵗʰ, Dennis Halft, OP gave an online lecture entitled “A Shīʿī Muslim Translation and Interpretation of the Gospels from Early Nineteenth Century Iran” at the international conference “Reading the Gospels in Islamic Context”, organized by the Centre for Islamic-Christian Studies in Oxford. Click here to watch the lecture in English (from the 52ⁿᵈ minute)…

Habilitation Jury

On September 16ᵗʰ, Mr. Michel Younès obtained his habilitation from the École pratique des hautes études. The title of his thesis was: “Christian Approaches to Islam”. Dominique Avon was the supervisor and the jury was composed of Mohamed-Ali Amir-Moezzi, Chantal Verdeil, Michel Fourcade, Pierre Lory and Gabriel Reynolds.

Collaborations

From September 14ᵗʰ‒22ⁿᵈ, René-Vincent du Grandlaunay, OP was at the Vatican Library to finalize our cooperation agreement with them. As part of this agreement, the Vatican Library will catalog its Christian and Islamic Arabic manuscripts in the AlKindi database managed by the IDEO (Diamond software).

Visits

On September 18ᵗʰ, we welcomed a group of researchers from the Center for Papyrus and Inscriptions Studies at the Ayn Shams University.

On September 24ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. François Legué, First Counsellor of the French Embassy, and Mrs. Camille Thiébaut, from the political section.

On September 29ᵗʰ, we welcomed for lunch Mr. Frédéric Petit, deputy for the French citizens abroad, and Mrs. Maxine Guérault, administrator of the French National Assembly.

Publications

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Newsletter — August 2020

Dear friends,

For many of us, the new academic year may be further disrupted by the Covid-19 epidemic. However, I hope you had a good summer, in Dahab (photo) or elsewhere. Here is a quick overview of the latest news of the IDEO, for those who may have missed some episodes: Emmanuel Pisani, OP was appointed director last June, but Jean Druel, OP will serve as interim director for one year, until Emmanuel arrives in Cairo; Ms. Sana Bou Antoun, PhD student at Sorbonne-Université joined us in Cairo for one year as part of our joint fellowship with the IFAO; the publication of volume 35 of MIDEO, dedicated to the interactions between Shiites and Christians, is expected to be out in the next few weeks; a new call for papers was launched on the topic of “Islamic Theologies of Disasters”; the conference on reciting initially supposed to be held in Cairo in July will finally take place online in October; the other activities of the project “Adawāt: Tools for Critical Thinking in Islamic Studies” are proceeding well, French classes at al-Azhar University due to the work of the French Institute, which provides all classes online, and the cataloguing of manuscripts in AlKindi due to the work of the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts; the library finally reopened its doors to researchers after a five-month closure and research seminars should resume in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your patience, your encouragement, and your generous support!

Lectures

On July 23rd, Jean Druel, OP gave a lecture on YouTube at the invitation of the Arabic Manuscripts Institute about “Sībawayh’s Kitāb: the oriental and Andalusian versions contained in the manuscript Ambrosiana X 56 Sup”. Click here to watch the lecture online (in arabic) ….

Research project

On July 14th, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) at the University of Toronto announced the launch of a new five-year project (2020‒2025) entitled “Practices of Commentary”. Fourteen academics collaborate in this project, coordinated by Walid Saleh, a member of the IDEO. The project seeks to develop a global perspective on practices of commentary, de-siloing regionally focused work while simultaneously offering fine-grained and nuanced accounts of the function of commentary in cultures and communities of the premodern world.

Publications

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