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

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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

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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

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Newsletter — June 2020

Dear friends, We are happy to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Pisani, OP as the new director of the IDEO. Emmanuel is a specialist in the theological thought of Abū Ḥāmid al-Ġazālī (d. 505/1111), and he is interested in the interactions between Muslims of different currents of Islam as well

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Newsletter — March 2020

Dear friends, this epidemic that has so much overturned our lives in recent weeks is unfortunately an indicator that much more work remains to be done to better integrate religion and human sciences. Many believers, Christians and Muslims alike, continue to oppose science and faith, as if they were talking

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Newsletter — February 2020

Dear friends, one of the books we acquired at the Book Fair this year deserves a special mention. It is an edition of Ansāb al-ašrāf of al-Balāḏurī (d. 279/892?), a biographical dictionary of the Prophet and the first Muslim generations. There are other editions of this book but this one

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Newsletter — January 2020

Dear friends, we had the opportunity with the participants of the intensive Arabic course (see below), to visit Al-Sheikh Zayed Center for Teaching Arabic for non-natives (photo). Located on the campus of al-Azhar University, this center that was founded in 2011 welcomes 3,000 foreign students to prepare them to study

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Newsletter — December 2019

Dear friends, On December 18th, we had the pleasure and the honor of paying tribute to Dr. Aly Elsamman (1929‒2017), who played a decisive role in obtaining the construction permission for our new library inaugurated in 2002. Aly Elsamman was a pioneer of interreligious dialogue at a time when few

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Newsletter — October 2019

Dear friends, It is very striking to note that for several years Muslims have been taking the initiative in interreligious dialogue. The abuse Daesh has been inflicting has probably forced them to come out of the woods. As always, the media forms of this dialogue tend to overshadow academic research

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Newsletter — September 2019

Dear friends, 2019-2020 will undoubtedly be the year of collaborations. We have the opportunity to work very closely with the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) (MIDEO publication, purchase of books, “Bibliothèques d’Orient” portal), with the National Library of France (BnF) (“Bibliothèques d’Orient”), with the French Institute (purchase of books,

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