The Spanish historian Emilio Gonzalez Ferien has extensive and deep experience of the modern Arab society that he lived when he worked as a visiting professor at the universities of Cairo, Amman and Damascus.
And the program “outside the text” monitored his book “When We Were Arabs”, through which he worked to restore an entire axis of Spanish history, deal with Islam seriously and understand it in its correct context.
In the introduction to his book, it was stated that this book “does not seek to stir up confusion, but rather to urge the mind to contemplate and think. Therefore, I will not follow the boring game to find out who the most critics deny his fangs, and from those writers who leave longer margins than the text to indicate the abundance of their sources.”
The writer and translator Jaafar Al-Alouni said that in his view of Islam, Ferine looks at the origins of cultural Islam, in the sense of the Qur’anic text, and studies it in the time and historical frame in which it was revealed, and then after that he studies the Qur’an and the method of its interpretation in the Middle Ages in Andalusia.
And he considered that this book showed that Virin’s view went beyond the Middle Ages, as he viewed Islam as a contemporary view in the context of the image in which the West views Islam at the present time.
He added that Viren considers that the Arabs did not invade Andalusia with sword and blood, but rather entered a region that was in a state of conflict and transformations, and were able to settle in the Iberian Peninsula, and over the course of 8 centuries, they were able to spread their civilization and highlight the best that the Arabs were able to offer.
In his book, Viren opposes the prevailing narrative about the history of Andalusia, denying some of what historians consider to be universals and facts, thus opening the door to debate.
Veren also sought to fulfill his dream of reviving the Arab-European dialogue, as he was not a traditional scholar who accepted the prevailing mainstream, but opposed the official current. His book was, in addition to other books; Including the general history of Andalusia and the revealed word is an entry in the Qur’an.
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For his part, civil law professor Antonio Manuel said that Ferine is an intellectual who adheres to the academic curriculum, who is strict and bold in its presentation, and sets his sights on exposing the myths of Catholic nationalism in Spain.