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Memorial of Professor Roger Garaudy

Memorial of Professor Roger Garaudy

International Affairs Department of IICT is to hold a Scientific Memorial of late French Muslim philosopher and renowned international intellectual, Professor Roger Garaudy on Monday, July 2, 2012 from 18 to 20. This memorial will be held in cooperation with the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Al-Mustafa International University, Ahl-ul-bait World Assembly, Research and Education Department of Islamic Development Organization, Center for Cultural and Social Researches (SADRA),Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies and Youth Thought Center. Key speakers are Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Taskmhiri, Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Rashad, , Dr. Reza Davari Ardakani, Dr. Ali Bigdeli, Hojatoleslam Abdolhosein Khosropanah, Dr. Hosein Kalbasi, Dr. Hamidreza Ayatollahi and Dr. Yahya Bonno . Born in July 17, 1913 to Catholic and atheist parents in Marseille, Garaudy converted at age 14 and became a Protestant. During World War II, Garaudy joined the French Resistance, for which he was imprisoned in Djelfa, Algeria, as a prisoner of war of Vichy France. Following the war, Garaudy joined the French Communist Party. As a political candidate he succeeded in being elected to the National Assembly and eventually rose to the position of deputy speaker, and later senator. He became a leading party theoretician for the party and authored scores of scholarly works. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly from 1945 to 1951. He was elected as the member of the French National Parliament in 1956 and in 1959 as the senator of French Senate. In 1965 he was appointed as the professor of philosophy at the University of Poitiers. As he joined the Christianity - Communism project in the 1960s, he was interested in religious issues and gradually in the 1970s was interested in Catholicism. He was befriended by one of Frances most prominent clerics of the time, the Abbé Pierre, who in later years supported Garaudy, even regarding the latters most controversial views. In 1970, Garaudy was expelled from the Communist Party following his outspoken criticism of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Later he was introduced to Islam and changed his religion to Islam in 1982 in Geneva, which according to him "[I] found my missing part". As a Muslim he adopted the name "Raja" and became a prominent Islamic commentator and supporter of the Palestinian cause. Roger Garaudy in his book entitled "Islam, Future religion" wrote that Islam have the highest tolerance towards accepting people who believe in monotheism, He believes that the presence of followers of different religions in the advent of Islam, the Middle East, is the main reason for the tolerance of Islam in accepting cultures and civilizations. In Garaudys opinion, Muslims during early Islamic era Islam could intertwine great civilizations and cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe together, thus making their own culture and civilization strong and vaccinated. Garaudy wrote more than 50 books, mainly on political philosophy and Marxism. In 1996 Garaudy published his most controversial work, Les Mythes fondateurs de la politique israelienne, later translated into English as The Founding Myths of Modern Israel. Because the book contained Holocaust denial, French courts banned any further publication and on 27 February 1998 fined him 240,000 French francs. He was sentenced to a suspended jail sentence of several years. In later interviews, Garaudy stated that the attacks of 11 September 2001 were organized by the United States government. He also repeated his claim that the Holocaust is a myth, stating that the genocide of Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War was "invented as a myth by Churchill, Eisenhower and De Gaulle" to justify the destruction and occupation of Germany. In December 2006, Garaudy was unable to attend the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust due to health reasons.

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