The Path of Jihard in the Yacoubian Building


Michel Gardaz


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13. Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957.

14. This is considered an Islamic sin, but not according to Azzam's opportunist perspective.

15. Even the parents of some of the residents were envious of his intellectual abilities.

16. They were always the same; and the policeman of his neighbourhood gave him the correct answers beforehand.

17. There are only trivial differences between the novel's narrative and the one of the film.

18. Aswany, Alaa Al. 2004. The Yacoubian Building . Translated from the Arabic by Humphrey Davies. American University of Cairo, Cairo, 94-5.

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20. Sexual ignorance is bliss according to prudish Islamic fundamentalists.

21. This is a prohibited behaviour, Qur'an 2. 219- Qur'an •  Le Coran . Traduction Jacques Berque. Sindbad, Paris. exégétique.

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24. In the novel, he was murdered by his former lover.

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27. Forty percent of the population earns less than $2 a day, and 30 percent are still illiterate - see Buccianti, Alexandre. 2006 Démographie: Une bombe à retardement? Géopolitique 92 (December-February), 14.

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33. AKA: The Society of the Muslim Brothers, The Muslim Brothers, the Brotherhood, or MB.

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40. See the official English website at

41. This is described in the Qur'an, Hadiths, and Sunnah.

42. He is the Egyptian Nobel prize winner.

43. Sfeir, Antoine. 2002. Dictionnaire mondial de l'islamisme . Plon, Paris, 20.

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