Petrarch and ‘that Mad Dog Averroës’

  • Robert Irwin


In 1994 the Egyptian filmmaker Yusuf Chahin released the film al-Muhajir (The Emigrant). It presented a lightly disguised version of the story of Joseph in Egypt and, since Joseph is a prophet of Islam, Egypt’s Islamists promptly attacked Chahin for blasphemy and accused him of pro-Zionism. The film was banned and Chahin was prosecuted. He was found innocent, but it was a close-run thing. 1994 was also the year that Naguib Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck by an Islamist—an act of violence that effectively ended his long writing career.


Thirteenth Century Islamic World Western View Arabic Literature Islamic Philosophy 
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