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Lafif Lakhdar

Science in the Qur’ān has no connection with the concept of modern sciences founded upon rational (mathematical) and experimental proofs, and which only emerged for the first time in the 17th century with the dawn of the scientific revolution. Indeed it bears no connection even to the Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese and Persian sciences.

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Shaker al-Nabulsi

The Islamist current calls continually and in all circumstances for us not to fall victim to dazzlement at western culture, and not to imprison ourselves in the ‘Khwaja Complex.’[1] Some of the thinkers of this current note that resistance to westernization has stiffened in the Arab world as a response to the attempts of the West to market its culture there.

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Lafif Lakhdar

“The Holy Book was written to show us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go

Galileo in his defence against the Inquisition

Since the 1967 (Six Day) War, which marks the beginning of the descent of the Arab public and élite into a collective delirium, I constantly posed these two questions to anyone I met: Why did Israel win the war? And why has the West progressed and the Muslims receded?

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Hassan Mneimneh

Let us attempt first of all to make a distinction between factionalism and sectarianism, since a certain amount of ambiguity afflicts these two terms. Both of them indicate partisanship focused basically upon a religious denomination,

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