"> Name: Maxime Rodinson's Muhammad removed from American U. in Cairo

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus



Artist: Maxime Rodinson

Confronting Bodies: American University in Cairo, Salah Montasser, Egyptian High Education Ministry

Date of Action: May 1998

Specific Location: Cairo, Egypt

Description of Artwork: Rodinson's book, "Muhammad," is described as a mildly revisionist, psychological approach to the prophet Muhammad.

Description of Incident: An Egyptian newspaper reporter, Salah Montasser, attacked the book in "al-Ahram," suggesting that it "denigrated the Islamic faith" and requested that it be removed from the school's curriculum

Results of Incident: The American University in Cairo went beyond the Higher Education Ministry and the columnist's requests and removed the book from both the course and the library shelves.

Source: Index on Censorship, 4/98

Submitted By: NCAC

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