“Coming from Algeria, which is my country, I can tell you that you represent in Muslim world, in Islamic Ummah a very exceptional community, exceptional community for three reasons.” — Professor Arkoun, please click to read article
“Heresiographic literature describes all the sects in Islam from one point of view, the Sunnite point of view, the Shiite point of view, telling that ‘we, we have the truth, and the others don’t have anything’. This is the heresiographic interpretation of Islam which is totally irrelevant for us today.” — Professor Arkoun, please click to read article
“ISLAM THROUGH WESTERN EYES” BY JONATHAN LYONS
Jonathan Lyons, who spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters, much of it in the Islamic world, addresses the issues of Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.
Please click: Library of Congress – Islam Through Western Eyes
(note: a transcript is also available)
“WHAT WENT WRONG” BY BERNARD LEWIS AND MOHAMMED ARKOUN
Bernard Lewis of Princeton University and the late Mohammed Arkoun of the Sorbonne University, who was a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Ismaili Studies at the time of his death, discuss relations between the Middle East and the Western nations.
Please click: Library of Congress – What Went Wrong