24 Feb 2013
An introduction to Taha Husain, or Taha Hussein, is supplied here.
Taha Husain's "Pharaonism" -- the belief that Egypt should emphasize, recover, pay attention to, its pre-islamic path, was clearly meant as a way for Egyptians to de-emphasize the malignant influence of Islam. It offered a way out.
Taha Husain wrote his doctoral dissertation on the "skeptic" Al-Ma'ari. It was just a month or two ago that True Believers in Syria decapitated a statue of Al-Ma'ari.
Headless, the statues of and to Taha Husains and Al-Ma'aris may be. But their skepticism -- one as to the content of Islam, the other as to the effect of Islam -- remains, unrefuted and forever freshly attractive to the most advanced in the stifling, Muslim-suffused societies of the East.