Abdul Rahman Badawy

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November 28, 2021

Abdel Rahman Badawy (February 17, 1917 - July 25, 2002) was an Egyptian academic professor and existential philosopher who was influenced by European existentialists, led by Martin Heidegger. democracy and accused them of burying the liberal experiment in Egypt. He has almost 200 books, according to (Mahmoud Amin Al-Alam), while one of his publishers said that his books he published exceeded 150 books since his first book on Nietzsche, which was published in 1939. This is confirmed by his nephew Mohsen Badawi, who says on his website: The works of Dr. Abdul Rahman Badawi, whether published or not, has about 150 books, including works published in French, Spanish, German, English and Arabic. He was a member of the Young Egypt Party (1938-1940) and then a member of the Supreme Committee of the New National Party (1944-1952), and he was chosen with 50 personalities, as a member of the Constitution Committee that was commissioned in January 1953 to write a new constitution, which was completed in August 1954, but the constitution was neglected and replaced by the 1956 constitution In 2000, he published his memoirs in a huge book of two parts, the number of pages reached 768, at the Arab Institute for Studies and Publishing. The publication of the book had a huge impact on many Egyptian intellectuals, because Badawi attacked many of those whom Arab intellectuals considered symbols of thought, such as Sheikh Muhammad Abdo, Abbas al-Akkad, Ahmed Amin, Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Ali al-Garm, Mustafa Amin, Emile Perrier and others. He also strongly attacked the Egyptian regime and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rule, directing various criticisms. He commented on the extent of participation in Gamal Abdel Nasser's funeral, saying that "this is normal and has nothing to do with the existence of a love relationship between Egyptians and Abdel Nasser," noting that "this is the nature of a people whose hobby is walking at funerals." He also accused political figures, including Saad Zagloul, of working for the British, and Taha Hussein of working for the security services, and he considered the students to be spies against each other, noting that Nasser's nationalization of the Suez Canal was in pursuit of fame. He worked as a teacher in the universities of Kuwait, Iran and Libya, and there he was imprisoned without trial because he spoke to his Libyan students about democracy. He settled since the beginning of 1975 in the Lutsia Hotel in the Latin Quarter in Paris and Margash, Egypt, which was shortly before his death. Badawi was known as the Philosopher of Egypt And this is the description that Professor Taha Hussein gave him as he discussed his PhD thesis on existential time. Badawi published more than 120 books and his ideas revolved around the integration and coexistence between Islam and the West. .️

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