One of the greatest contributions of his life and career was The Encyclopedia of the Jews, Judaism, and Zionism which is the product of over 25 years of research and critical inquiry. An encyclopedia on almost all aspects of Zionism, Judaism, and the Jews.
Dr. Abd ElWahab El Messiri Passed away today, this is a Brief biography Prof. Al Missiri, Thinker and Full-time professor of Arab Islamic studies faculty in the girls School of Ain Shams University. Born in Damanhour 1938 and received his primary and secondary (formative stage or seed). In 1955 he joined the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Alexandria and was appointed when recalling his graduation, and traveled to the United States in 1963 where he earned a master’s degree in 1964 (Columbia University) and then a doctorate degree in 1969 (Rutgers University, Rutgers) (phase-rooted) .
Upon his return to Egypt taught at the University of Ain Shams in several Arab universities, foremost of King Saud University (1983 – 1988), had worked as a visiting professor at Nasser Military Academy, the Islamic University of Malaysia, a member of the Council of Experts, the status of Political and Strategic Studies, Al-Ahram (1970 – 1975 ), And cultural adviser to the Permanent Delegation of the League of Arab States to the United Nations in New York (1975 – 1979). He is now a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Islamic and Social Sciences Blissberg, Virginia, USA, editorial adviser in a number of yearbooks, which is published in Malaysia, Iran and the United States, England and France (the budding stage).
Dr. Meseiri’s intellectual biography is in his book “my Intellectual trip” – in roots, seeds and fruit: The biography of non-self-objective (2001), where he gives the reader a detailed picture of how he was born and his ideas were formed and used by the interpretative approach, particularly the concept of cognitive explanatory model. At the end of the “trip” he gives an overview of the most important ideas. The book will be issued this year from the liberalization of Professor Susan verbatim, the Egyptian media, under the title of dialogues with Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Missiri, which covers all the topics addressed by Dr Meseiri in his writings from his vision of metaphor and the end date and the end of his ideas about Zionism.
Dr. Meseiri mentions in his “trip” the beginning of interest in the topic Jewish and Zionist, was first written by the end of history: Introduction to study the structure of the Zionist thought (1972), was issued after the Encyclopedia Book of concepts and terminology Zionism: the vision of cash (1975), as issued in 1981 a book of Two parts, entitled Zionist ideology: a case study in the sociology of knowledge (1981). In this period have been several studies in English from the land of promise most important book: criticism of political Zionism (1977). Dr Meseiri decided to update the concepts and terminology of Zionism and the perception that the modernization process may take a year or two, but he discovered that his vision in this encyclopedia was isolated, and that required a constituent pose an alternative vision. It was the fruit of his labor after nearly a quarter century of publication of the Encyclopedia of Jews and Judaism and Zionism: a new explanatory model (1999), one of eight volumes. He also has published other books during that time and several of them on the same subject, from the most important protocols, Judaism and Zionism (2003). In the speech, the term Zionist (2003 – 2005). To be issued this year’s first two books entitled Zionist thought of Herzl until the present time and the second entitled Who are the Jews? What is Judaism? Questions of identity crisis and Zionism.
Dr Meseiri and concerns go beyond the subject of intellectual Zionism, he considers his encyclopedia as just a case study, under his theory. He Published a book of two parts entitled problematic bias: the vision of a knowledge and an invitation to the discretion (1993), and the world from the Western perspective (2001), philosophy and physical dismantling of Rights (2002), modernity and post-modernism (2003), and partial secularism and secular overall (2002), The vision of modern art in the West (2006). should be Published sometime during this year, the book includes several volumes of the “dialogue of civilizations and the diverse paths of knowledge – the second conference of bias”, held in February 2007 Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.
His literary theme remained ( “My First Love”, said Dr Meseiri in “My intellectual trip”) within the core interests. Author of a book of English Romantic poetry: historical and monetary studies (1979) and several books in Arabic and English in the Palestinian resistance literature, The language and metaphor between unification and the unity of existence (2002). For Dr. Meseiri poetry Collection (Diwan)entitled Songs of innocence and experience: The semi-autonomous quasi-objective biography (2003) Also Published for Dr. Meseiri a poetry collection (Diwan) and several stories for children. He has also Published in 2007 several books on literary criticism: the good old poet Samuel Taylor Kulirdj: edition illustrated bilingual (Arabic – English) with critical examination, and studies in poetry and in literature and thought.
Some of Dr Meseiri’s work has been translated into English, Persian, Turkish and Portuguese. To be issued this year, French and English translation of his great work, My intellectual trip. also published in Arabic, English and Hebrew a book with the title of studies in Zionism. Dr Meseiri was granted several awards, including best book prize in the Cairo International Book Fair in (2000) The encyclopedia of Jews, Judaism and Zionism, and then the year (2001) a book about my intellectual trip, Owais Prize the year (2002) for the overall intellectual production. He also was awarded the state discretion in the Arts for the year (2004). He was granted several awards from local and global stories and the Court of poetry for children.
The growing interest in the work of Dr Meseiri enacted several studies on its work, for instance: in a world Abdel Wahab Al Missiri: Book Discussion of two parts (2004), a book entitled honorary professor Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Missiri, in the eyes of his friends and commanders, among a series of “scientists honoured” for the House of thought Syria includes the work of the “Reviving: vision and approach” which was held in the Supreme Council of Culture in February 2007. From the Magazine Philosophical Papers (2008) includes studies of many Arab scientists and researchers in multiple aspects of Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Missiri’s work .
below is a summary of his Encyclopedia
The Encyclopedia of the Jews, Judaism, and Zionism is the product of over 25 years of research and critical inquiry. An encyclopedia covers almost all aspects of Judaism, the Jews, Zionism, and Israel, written by a non-Jewish Arab, is considered the first of its Kind. It is not only a deconstructive encyclopedia, taking a critical stance vis a vis its subject matter, but also a reconstructive one, suggesting alternative ways of looking at Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli phenomena, and new terminology to deal with them.
The Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of the history of the ancient Hebrews, and that of the Jewish communities all over the world, covering the world-wide numbers and distribution of the Jewish communities, their main traits, and their organizational institution, as well as their relationships with their respective homelands and with the Zionist state. It also deals with the major Jewish personalities (such as Maimonides) and non-Jewish personalities (such as Napoleon and Hitler) that figure prominently in the histories of the Jewish communities. The Encyclopedia, moreover, deals with almost all aspects of Judaism, its sects and holy books, its rituals, its crisis in the modern times, and its relationship with both Zionism and anti-Semitism. It also covers the Zionist movement, its activities, “schools”, and main figures, as well as some of the main aspects of the Zionist State.
The Encyclopedia is a decontructive/re constructive work within the following aspects:
1-Presents an alternative general history of Judaism, the Jews, Zionism, and Israel.
2-Provides precise definitions of the essential Jewish and Zionist concepts and terms, giving a new history thereof, and underscoring their problematic aspects.
3-Examines biased concepts and terms, in order to replace them by more neutral and explanatory ones.
The Encyclopedia consists of eight volumes, each dealing with a specific topic, comprising a number of parts. Each part, in turn, consists of a number of chapters divided into entries. The total number of entries is 2300, and the average number of pages in each volume is about 400 pages.
Even though the Encyclopedia is topically arranged in Arabic, it contains two alphabetical indexes: one in Arabic, and the other in English.
General Contents of the Encyclopedia
Volume 1 (in five parts): Theoretical Framework
Paradigm as an Analytical Tool.
Volume 2 (in four parts): The Jewish Communities-Problematics
The nature of the Jews in All Times and Places.
Jews or Jewish Communities?
Jews or Jewish Functional Groups?
The Gentiles’ Eternal Hostility to Judaism and the Jews
Volume 3 (in tow parts): The Jewish Communities – Modernization and Culture
Cultures of the Jewish Communities.
Volume 4 (in three parts): The Jewish Communities – Histories
The history of the Jewish Communities in the Ancient World.
The history of the Jewish Communities in the Muslim World
The history of the Jewish Communities in the Western World.
Volume 5 (in three parts): Judaism – Concepts and Sects
Concepts and Basic Doctrines.
Jewish Religious Sects.
Volume 6 (in four parts): Zionism
Problematic and Basic themes.
History of Zionism
Zionism and the Jewish Communities.
Volume 7 (in five parts): Israel – The Zionist state
The Problematic of Normalization and the Functional State.
Settler – Colonial State.
Racism and Depopulation.
The Settler – Colonial System.
The Crisis of Zionism and the Israeli Question.
Volume 8: Supplements and Indices
The Mechanics of the Encyclopedia.
Definition of Main Concepts and Terms.
Historical Tables of the Main Events in the History of Humanity at Large, as well as in the Specific Histories of Both the Jewish Communities and Palestine.