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Saint Augustine in Arabic


Genoa, Italy
January 2013

"Translate Augustine in Arabic because we want to know him": this was the exact request made in 2001 by the president of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and by various scholars of Islamic universities, on the occasion of the Algerian International Colloquium, organized around Saint Augustine. After eleven years, the Discalced Augustinians from the Shrine of the Madonnetta in Genoa responded to the request translating into Arabic some of the most representative passages, certain that this initiative can contribute toward furthering a true rapprochement between Christians and Muslims. The passages will be made available via internet so that they can reach all families. "Our objective - explains the Discalced Augustinian Father Eugenio Cavallari - is to contribute to the opening of a dialogue - through Augustine - between the Muslim world and the West for a new future of unity and peace … Augustine is considered by the Arabs one of their own. Therefore his 'African-ness" is strategic".

(The Osservatore Romano, January 4, 2013)

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