Newsletter June-July 2022

Every year in June, the Delegation of the European Union in Lebanon awards the Samir Kassir Prize to journalists for the quality of their work and their commitment to human rights and democracy. For this 17ᵗʰ cycle, 261 journalists from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen participated. Of the three categories designated, two were won by Egyptians. They are Ezzat al-Kamhawi (b. 1961) for his article entitled “Suspicious architecture: the obsession with tall buildings and wide streets”, in which he questions the subtle and sometimes cryptic link between architecture and power, and Iman Adel (b. 1986). In her video report, the journalist presents a 21-year-old woman called Rania Rashwan who decided to remove her veil even though she lives in an Egyptian village, a stronghold of a jihadist group. But it is her village and she refuses to leave it despite the disruptions it will cause for her and her family. Her smile and her testimony are those of an anthem to courage, determination and freedom that enlightens consciences and sparks renewal. These prizes awarded to our Egyptian friends also give full meaning to the partnership we have established over the past four years as part of the project Adawāt with the Delegation of the European Union in Egypt.

Day conference

On June 1ˢᵗ, Mrs. Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen organized a day conference entitled: “Quest for the ansâb, quest for the ashrâf. On the importance of the genealogies of descendants of the Prophet in modern and contemporary times” at the Center Jacques Berque in Morocco.


On June 6ᵗʰ, Mr. Dominque Avon participated in the jury of the thesis defense of Mrs. Paola Pizzi, entitled “Non-violence as a tool of change in Islam: the contribution of Gâwdat Saʿīd”, that was under his supervision with professor Francesco Zappa, at the Sapienza University of Rome.

On June 22ⁿᵈ, Emmanuel Pisani, OP participated in the jury of the master’s defense of Mr. Mehmet Balsever, entitled “Evaluation of the interpretation of The Cavern with Ali Ünal’s translation in the light of Paul Ricœur’s philosophical hermeneutic”, a dissertation of which he was the supervisor, at the Catholic Institute of Paris (Faculty of Arts).

IDEO/IFAO scholarship

The 10-month scholarship was awarded this year to Mr. Flavio Canuzzi (PISAI) and Mr. Timothée Gaeremynck (INALCO), in partnership with the new French Institute for Islamic studies.


On June 15ᵗʰ and 16ᵗʰ, Mr. Dominique Avon participated in a conference entitled “The army and Islam. Issues and debates in France, from the 19ᵗʰ to the 21ˢᵗ centuries”, organized by Julie d’Andurain, Jérôme Bocquet, Xavier Boniface, Olivier Dard and Jacques Frémeaux at the Academy of Overseas Sciences, in Paris.

Round table

On June 22ⁿᵈ, Jean Duel, OP participated in a round table devoted to the collection of the Qayrawān manuscripts and organized by Mrs. Asma Hilali at the University of Lille. He gave a talk entitled “Copying and transmitting the Kitāb in the Maghreb in 5ᵗʰ/11ᵗʰ Century”.


On June 7ᵗʰ and 8ᵗʰ, Mrs. Engy Elgammal, the cataloging director at the IDEO’s library, participated in a forum on successful management experiences and practices, organized by the Arab Administrative Development Organization in cooperation with the Arab Manuscripts Institute on the topic of “Management of heritage institutions”. During this forum, she gave a lecture entitled “The efforts of the IDEO to share the Arab-Islamic heritage”.


On June 7ᵗʰ, we welcomed Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Dr. Simone Paganini, from the Catholic Theology Institute at the RWTH Aachen University and Dr. Katja Voges. They accompanied a group of students of the international missionary work MISSIO from Aachen.

On June 8ᵗʰ, we welcomed Mrs. Viola Raheb, from the Pro Oriente Foundation (Vienna) and Father Gabriel Hashem, editor of Proche Orient chrétien and president of the Jean Corbon Foundation.

On June 9ᵗʰ, we welcomed Dr. Mohammed Kamel Gad, director general of Juma al-Majid Center for Culture and Heritage (Dubai).

Scholars’ House

In June, we had the pleasure to receive in the Scholars’ House Mr. İlhan Ozan, PhD student in the department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States, Mr. Alon Ben Yehouda, a master’s student in the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University and Professor Walid Saleh, IDEO’s member and specialist in the Qurʾān and the history of its interpretation (tafsīr).

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