The Heritage of the Desert Fathers

Amira Nagati

   The Heritage of the Desert Fathers Slovenian expedition in the deserts of Egypt and the ancient Christian kingdoms of Nubia In October 2011, the Egyptian media blasted with breaking news, images of fire and chaos filled the screens as subtitles announced: the Copts were attacking the military. It took everyone off guard, confusion spread; it was the first time in long decades that we witness such an explicit, full-fledged accusation of the Christians. The bombings at the Saints church in Alexandria that had darted the first arrow in the heart of the decaying system, had been a shock to...

Multiplicity of the Text

Sami Al - Daghistani

Multiplicity of the Text: History of the Arabic language and the humanistic approach of the Qur’anIntroduction Arabic language has had a vibrant history. It has been taken on in many areas in the Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and many other places, and the history of Arabic is still explained by various scholars in various ways. Since this paper does not aim to address the history of grammatical features of the Arabic language, but rather the so called “humanistic approach” to the Qur’an through the utilization of the Arabic language as asserted by Nasr Abu Zayd, this paper examines the means of...

Coffee appraised

Sami Al - Daghistani

Leiden University, Research Master: Area studies (Middle East Studies), MA Seminar: Culture and Society in Medieval Islam, professor Dr. Petra SijpesteijnCoffee appraised: Ambiguity of socio-juridical disputes, medical, and literary accounts on coffee in Medieval Islam1. IntroductionCoffee is nowadays known throughout the world. Coffee has been in the history of Islam often designated as the “forbidden fruit”. At the same time it was praised in literary works in the East as in the West. Nowadays coffee became a morning routine of many, an integral part of the social...

Al – Ghazali. Islamic Philosophy of Economics

Sami Al - Daghistani

Leiden University, Research Master: Middle East Studies, MA Seminar (Dr. Mohamed Ghaly): Interpreting Islam: Ijtihad, economics and bioethics in IslamEthics and Economy in Islam: Contribution of Imam Al Ghazali in focusImam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali – the man and his timeAbū Ḥamid Al Ghazali or simply Imam al Ghazali was born in 450 A.H. – 1058 A.C., in the town of Taberan in Khurasan, Persia. He died in the same town in 1111 A.C. The study at madrasah infused in him a strong desire for knowledge. He pursued studies in Islamic sciences (Qur’ān, Ḥadīṯ, jurisprudence). At an...

The Wor(l)dview of the Slavic Word

Neža Zajc

The present meditation is a result of an in-depth study of the textual opus and literary expression of two 16th century writers who, despite their different origins, chose Slavic languages as form of their personal expression. Because of this, their terminology offers a basis for understanding of the broader cultural-historical context of their time, i.e. the European Renaissance. The analysis of their lives and work opens new perspectives on the issue of Renaissance humanism and the formation of a new cultural phenomenon, the Early Modern Age. Both authors, Primož Trubar and Maximus the Greek, also wrote in Latin, German, and Greek;...

The Light of the Icon in the Work of Adam Stalony-Dobrzański

Anna Siemieniec

(Photos: Piotr Kłosek)The history of 20th century Polish sacred art has been decisively influenced by the work of Prof Jerzy Nowosielski, painter, icon-writer, and theorist, who greatly contributed to the growing interest in the problem of sacrum in modern painting. Inspired by art and spirituality of the Christian East, Nowosielski’s creations filled a void left by a period of pronounced crisis of sacred art in Poland. He re-introduced the icon, which had been present in Poland’s sacred buildings since the Middle Ages and was again discovered in Russia and Western Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, as a revelation, a...