Newsletter November-December 2021

Dear friends,

For several months, in Cairo, bridges have sprouted up like mushrooms. They are sometimes so close to the houses that on days of traffic jams, coffee could be served to the drivers from the balconies. At the IDEO, the idea of bridges is somehow our philosophy because we also want to build bridges between reason and religion, Islam and Christianity, knowledge and narrative, hominescence and humanism. Faced with the rantings of ideological walls, fortified castles, skyscrapers with vertical pretensions which are reminiscent of Babel, we bring our stone, modest though it may be, to build bridges in the horizontal level of universal brotherhood. Through study and research, we explore the wounds that need to be healed, we reconcile dispersed men and women, we translate to dispel misunderstandings and, from heritage resources, we bring out the seeds of unity. Our scholars do not make much noise, but by building these bridges, we can finally hope to reach the another on the other side. This is the mystery of Christmas, the mystery of Christ, who makes himself a bridge between heaven and earth, a bridge between men and women, his brothers and sisters.

Lectures

On November 6ᵗʰ, Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Birth and death according to a Human Way. A history of religion and freedom”, as part of the French Forum Philo Le Monde-Le Mans.

On November 15ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “Catholic Islamic studies. Itinerary of a century”, as part of a series of lectures organized by the Friends of the IDEO in Paris.

On November 18ᵗʰ, Adrien Candiard, OP gave a lecture entitled “Ibn Taymiyya, a figure of authority for today?”, during the conference “The religious authority in Islam: authority and regulation”, organized by the Center for Studies of Cultures and Religions at the Catholic University of Lyon in France.

On November 18ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “al-Ġazālī, figure of magisterial authority in Islam?” during the conference “The religious authority in Islam: authority and regulation”, organized by the Center for Studies of Cultures and Religions at the Catholic University of Lyon in France.

On November 18ᵗʰ, Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Sunnī authorities in the Arab World at the turn of the 20ᵗʰ and 21ˢᵗ centuries” during the conference “The religious authority in Islam: authority and regulation”, organized by the Center for Studies of Cultures and Religions at the Catholic University of Lyon in France.

On November 18ᵗʰ, Guillaume de Vaulx gave a lecture entitled “The epistle on Animals by the Brethren in Purity (Iḫwān al-ṣafā). The animal as the touchstone of anthropology, man as the principle of zoology, and when the religiosity of the first face the religion of the second”, in the seminar “Between East, West and Islam. Art, archeology and images”, organized by the French Higher Study School in Human Sciences (EHESS).

On November 19ᵗʰ, Adrien Candiard, OP gave a lecture entitled “The Salaf, theological and mythical figure, in the Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328)”, during the conference “Theological disputes between ašʿarites and ḥanbalites”, organized in Paris by the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

On November 19ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “The classical commentaries on so-called pluralist Qurʾānic verses”, during the conference “Theology of pluralism in Islam”, organized by the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions at the Catholic University in Paris.

On November 22ⁿᵈ, Dominique Avon gave a lecture at the Pierre Renouvin Institute of the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University entitled “Freedom of conscience: international consensus and dissensus”.

Round tables

On November 18ᵗʰ, Adrien Candiard, OP participated in a round table entitled “Religions and the crisis”, organized by the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium as part of the “Night of the Religions”.

On November 22ⁿᵈ, Dennis Halft, OP participated in a round table entitled “Shiite theology in dialogue with Christian theology”, organized by the Evangelical Church in Germany at the Missionsakademie of the University of Hamburg.

Online course

On November 25ᵗʰ, Jean Druel, OP gave an online course on the history of Qurʾānic recitation (taǧwīd) as part of a preparation course for the selection of the Arabic language teachers (agrégation). Click here to listen to the course… (in French)

Awards

On November 15ᵗʰ, Jean-Jacques Pérennès, OP was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Pieter Coppens received the “Honorable Mention 2021” award from the Syrian Studies Association for his article published in MIDEO 36 (2021): “A Silent uṣūl Revolution? Al-Qāsimī, Iǧtihād, and the Fundamentals of tafsīr, p. 21‒61.

Visits

On November 11ᵗʰ, we welcomed a group of pilgrims who visited Egypt as part of a trip organized by the French weekly La Vie.

On November 28ᵗʰ, we welcomed a group of donors from the French NGO Œuvre d’Orient who visited the projects funded by the association.

Scholars’ House

In November we had the pleasure to receive in the Scholars’ House Ms. Tal Tamari, research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Bamako, specialist in West African religious anthropology.

Recensions

  • Emmanuel Pisani: Christian Jambet, Le philosophe et son guide, Mullâ Sadrâ et la religion philosophique, Paris, Gallimard, Études 4287, novembre 2021, p. 141‒142.
  • Emmanuel Pisani: Chems-eddine Hafiz, Le manifeste contre le terrorisme islamiste. Écoutez-moi ! Paris, Érick Bonnier, Études 4287, novembre 2021, p. 142‒143.

Publications

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Newsletter October-November 2021

Dear friends,

Intended by King Fuʾād, the so-called 1924 Cairo edition of the Qurʾān was published under the scientific authority of an al-Azhar committee. It has become so popular throughout the Arab world that it is often considered to be the standard edition of the Qurʾān. Thus, it has become the reference in academic circles and constitutes the model of editions in the possession of a large number of Muslims for their prayer life. But is the quality attributed to this edition confirmed? Can we really talk about a standard edition? In what context did this edition emerge and who was its audience then? Has this edition really imposed itself on the entire Islamic world? And besides, did this Qurʾān wished by king Fuʾād indeed appear in 1924? In order to discuss these questions, a conference on this edition of the Qurʾān was held for the first time. The 2021 issue of MIDEO will bear witness of the quality of the various communications in a dedicated thematic section. Meanwhile, it is noticeable that al-Azhar is working on an internal translation of the Coran des historiens (Paris: Cerf, 2019). This translation, as emeritus professor Oussama Nabil informed us, will facilitate its access to the Azhari students in Islamic studies. It is easy to imagine that they will thus give rise to a critical reception. Criticism which, in its objectivity, guarantees and inscribes itself in the interdisciplinarity of our research. Without this, there is a risk of giving reason to the partisans of the “asymmetry of knowledge” whose position, as Dominicans, we do not share.

Contributions

On October 6ᵗʰ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP lead the online seminar “Religion, Law and Economy in the Mediterranean Space” at the University of Insubria with the contributions of Anna Hager (Vienna) and Wael Saleh (UAE).

On October 17ᵗʰ, Mr. Aziz Hilal made a contribution entitled “Why wait until 1924 to print an official edition of the Qurʾān?”, during the conference organized by the IDEO on The Cairo Edition of the Qurʾān. Read the report here…

On October 26ᵗʰ, Jean Druel, OP gave a lecture during the conference of the MELA Cataloguing Committee on the topic of “Cataloging manuscripts in the IFLA-LRM model”.

Thesis jury

On October 15ᵗʰ, Jean Druel, OP participated as a member of the jury of Mr. Julien Sibileau, who defended a PhD thesis at INALCO entitled “An endeavor to legitimize Arabic grammar: the Ḫaṣāʾiṣ of Ibn Ǧinnī (m. 392/1002)” under the supervision of Mrs. Georgine Ayoub.

Visits

On October 5ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Muhammed Ghazi, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Translation of al-Azhar University, Mr. Abdel Rahman Fuda, Head of the French Department and Assistant Dean of the Faculty, Mr. Oussama Nabil, Professor Emeritus, and Professors Sami Manḍour and Magdi Adli.

On October 13ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Moussa Abou Ramadan, Professor of Islamic law and Islamic studies at the University of Strasbourg.

On October 14ᵗʰ, we welcomed Professor Mehdi Ghouirgate, lecturer at Bordeaux-Montaigne University and director of the Arabic Studies Department of the same university, as well as Doctor Ephrem Aboud Ishac, researcher from the Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Patrology and Eastern Orthodoxy of the University of Graz.

On October 19ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Farid Kioumgi Kahil, specialist in the travel and pilgrimage literature in the Middle East. He was accompanied by Ms. Tamara Chalabi, Iraqi-Lebanese writer, and daughter of a former Iraqi minister. She narrated the family odyssey in Late for Tea at the Deer Palace (London, HarperPress, 2010).

On October 26ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mrs. Sabine Kroissenbrunner, Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy and Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum.

On October 27ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Abbès Zouache, director of studies at the IFAO.

On October 29th, we welcomed for lunch Mrs. Éléonore Cellard, from the Collège de France, specialist in Qurʾānic manuscripts.

Scholars’ House

In October, we had the pleasure to receive in the Scholars’ House Ms. Laure Pesquet, PhD student in contemporary history at Paris-Sorbonne University and fellow at IFAO, Mr. José Javier Martínez, PhD student in archeology at the University of Murcia (Spain), Ms. Ida Nitter, PhD student in Islamic studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Asma Hilali, lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Lille, Mr. Youssef Elzalabany, in a research year in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and Mr. Eudes Guénois, Pre-PhD student in Arabic philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne University.

Upcoming Activities

On November 18ᵗʰ-19ᵗʰ, the conference “Religious authority in Islam: authority and regulation” will be held at the Catholic University of Lyon, Adrien Candiard, OP and Emmanuel Pisani, OP are among the speakers.

On November 19ᵗʰ-20ᵗʰ, the conference “Islam and Otherness. What Islamic theology of religious pluralism?” will be held at the Catholic Institute of Paris and under the supervision of Emmanuel Pisani, OP.

On November 23ʳᵈ, Jean Druel, OP will deliver the introductory talk at a conference organized on November 23ʳᵈ and 24ᵗʰ in Alexandria by the École des chartes and the Senghor University entitled “Islamic Manuscripts: materiality, uses, compared traditions in Africa and the Middle East”.

Publications

  • Emmanuel Pisani, Dominique Schneider, « Le dialogue avec l’islam. De Ratisbonne à Abu Dhabi », Transversalités 4, n° 159, 2021, pp.171-174.
  • جيوم دڤو ونبراس شحيّد، التدميريّة تشكيليًّا: قراءاتٌ فلسفيّة في الفنّ السوريّ المعاصر، منشورات المعهد الفرنسيّ للشرق الأدنى، بيروت، ٢٠٢١، ٢٥١ صفحة.

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Newsletter — September 2021

Dear friends,

In September, we welcomed the President and the Secretary General of the association “The Friends of the IDEO”. Jean Félix-Paganon knows Cairo well. He was an ambassador here. Bertrand Wallon knows the library world well. He was Director of Human Resources at the French National Library. It is unnecessary to say that their presence and their encouragement were very precious to us. Their suggestions and advice stimulated us, and their questions often allowed us to see things differently, outside the box. How important are questions in discussions and reflection! It is said in Islamic tradition, which has a certain Talmudic echo, that one evening an old shaykh, in love with wisdom and science, was in tears. Why are you crying, o holy old man? Because today nobody asked me any questions*! Questions, thanks God, friends have asked us! In this regard, if you would like to get involved with us or support our activities in Cairo, you may become an member of the association “The Friends of the IDEO”. In addition, and it is always good to know, by joining, you can benefit from substantial tax deductions in France, in the United States. Thank you in advance.

* Ghazālī, Kitāb al-ʿilm, al-Qāhira, Dār al-Salām, 2007, B1, f. 3, p. 20.

Lecture

On September 11ᵗʰ, Dennis Halft, OP gave a lecture in Berlin on an Orthodox Jewish perspective on Christianity and Islam after the Shoah from the writings of André Neher (1914-1988), as part of an international conference entitled “Glorification of differences” (Michel de Certeau SJ) which honored the birthday of Ulrich Engel, OP.

Visits

On September 3ʳᵈ, we welcomed a group of twenty people from the Center Sard, that works on archiving the Shubra district.

On September 5ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mrs. Siga Maguiraga, PhD student in History of Islamicate Worlds at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

On September 14ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Nadir Boudjellal, PhD student at the INALCO in Paris, and who works on isolated letters in the Qurʾān.

On September 15ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Mourad al-Riffi, the new director of the Institute of Arab Manuscripts, who arrived three weeks ago in Cairo.

On September 18ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Oussama Nabil, Chargé de Mission at the Mashyakha and committed to al-Azhar Observatory for Combating Extremism, and Mr. Sami Mandour, professor at the Faculty of Languages and Translation at the University of al-Azhar.

On September 20ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Said Azer, director of the Syro-Catholic library in Cairo and his assistant, Mr. Carlo Pietro Giorgi, along with Father Vincenzo Ianniello, director and librarian of the Franciscan Center for Oriental Christian Studies (Mousky).

On September 21ˢᵗ, we welcomed Mrs. Mona Sabry, director of the French Language Teaching Center of al-Azhar.

From September 25ᵗʰ‒29ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mr. Jean Félix-Paganon and Mr. Bertrand Wallon from the association “The Friends of the IDEO”, along with Mr. François Druel, who is currently launching the association “LRM Cataloging Solutions” that takes over the development and distribution of the application Diamond.

From September 26ᵗʰ‒28ᵗʰ, we also received Nicolas Tixier, OP the Provincial of Province of France, and from September 26ᵗʰ‒30ᵗʰ, Rémi Chéno, OP, regent of studies.

Scholars’ House

On September 25ᵗʰ, the IFAO/IDEO intern, Mickaël Massey, has arrived at the Scholars’ House for a year-long stay of research.

Upcoming Activities

On October 16ᵗʰ and 17ᵗʰ, 2021, the IDEO is organizing in Cairo its fourth conference entitled “The Cairo Edition of the Qurʾān, 1924”. The conference is under the scientific direction of Mrs. Asma Hilali, and in partnership with the European Union as part of the project Adawāt. Click here to download the program and to join us online …

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Newsletter — July-August 2021

Dear friends,

In this new academic year, our institutions are going through many departures and arrivals. The brothers of IDEO living in Cairo are not immune to these movements. Mateus Domingues da Silva, OP our new librarian, will leave for France to follow the Mediadix training course at the University of Nanterre in order to acquire the skills in cataloging techniques and library management, in order to respond with ease and professionalism to the subtleties and requirements of our library. He will return back to IDEO by the end of May 2022, having completed a few training courses at the French National Library (BnF) and the Saulchoir Library. Emmanuel Pisani, OP has left the leadership of the Institute of Science and Theology of Religions in Paris (ISTR) to travel to Cairo and to take over the leadership of our Institute from Jean Druel, OP who leaves a position full of projects and rich perspectives. Paul Akpomie, OP (Nigeria) has completed the training program he began five years ago in Arabic and Islamic studies, he will leave Cairo by the end of the month. We are also waiting for brother Toffique Younes to return back from Pakistan at the same time. The community of brothers in Cairo will definitely be somewhat reduced this year, but this is to better respond to our mission in the future.

Lectures

On July 6th, Mr. Dominique Avon gave a lecture entitled “Authority relations and individual rights. Two challenges for contemporary Islamic education”, as part of the training course for prison chaplains and religious mediators co-organized by the Institute for Islamic Studies and Societies of the Muslim World (IISMM).

On July 7th, Emmanuel Pisani, OP gave a lecture entitled “Islamic studies as resource against the Islamic Fundamentalisms”, as part of the training course of prison chaplains and religious mediators co-organized by the Institute for Islamic Studies and Societies of the Muslim World (IISMM).

Seminar

On July 5th, Emmanuel Pisani, OP led a seminar session on the topic of “Hospitality in Islam and in other religions” with the staff of QPR (Quartier de Prise en charge de la Radicalisation) in the Santé Prison.

Scholars’House

In August, we had the pleasure to receive in the Scholars’ House Ms. Antoinette Ferrand, PhD student in the history of contemporary Egypt at Sorbonne-Université.

Publications

  • Guillaume de Vaulx, Le Procès animal de la domination humaine, Fable tirée des Épitres des Frères en Pureté (Rasāʾil Iḫwān al-ṣafā), Paris : Les Belles Lettres, 2021, 346 pages.

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Newsletter — June & July 2021

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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