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”.


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.


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).


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”.


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.


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