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.


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).


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.


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.


  • 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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