The Muslim Council of Elders Pavilion at the Cairo International Book Fair 2024 presents to its visitors the book "Reflections on Religion and Culture," authored by Afifi Abdel Fattah, a scholar from Al-Azhar, as part of the publications of the Muslim Council of Elders. The book compiles seven articles by the author, published half a century ago, addressing pivotal issues in the Muslim world with detached objectivity and a clear Azhari methodology, relying on the infallible revelation—Quran and Sunnah.
In the first article, the author discusses the position of humans in existence between religion and science, exploring the advancements humanity has made in this vast universe and the values one should adopt in these discovered worlds. The second article delves into the relationship between religious history and science, engaging with some Western philosophers regarding the centrality of sin.
In the third article, the author discusses the dichotomy between adherence to tradition and innovation or the old and the new—an issue raised in the early 20th century that still resonates today. In the fourth article, he calls for working towards Islamic unity, echoing themes he addressed in the fifth article when responding to the Orientalist Montet in some of his writings.