">Name: Attempts to punish questioning of Islam in Egypt
Artist: Taha Husayn|
Confronting Bodies: Religious authorities, members of parliament, offended students, and members of the sheikh community.
Date of Action: 1927
Specific Location: Egypt
Description of Artwork: Husayn published several books containing his highly controversial lectures. He argues that in order to progress, "oriental" thinking must be abandoned in favor of the Greek mentality, that the caliphate (an Arabic style of government) was not established by a Prophet and is not required by Islam, and claims that pre-Islamic poetry was mostly forged.
Husyan offered to resign at his univerity, but the offer was rejected. His book was banned but he later revised it and deleted offensive passages. In 1932, the government removed him as dean from his school because of his book, but he was reinstated in 1934.
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