In 1999, Lebanese news presenter Giselle Khoury, who hosted the show “Dialogue of a Lifetime” interviewed Arab authors Nasr Hamed Abu Zayd, Radwan al-Sayyid and Ali Harb. Abu Zayd was worried about the problems that have surrounded religious rhetoric since the beginning of the 1990s. Many research and critique papers have been written in response to his work, and Ali Harb was one of the most prominent authors to criticize his concerns. During the interview, Harb addressed the problem of Abu Zayd's ideas and described him as a "preacher." He then said: "Abu Zayd wants to change people's understanding of Islam, and this is impossible."
Harb made his statements on a basis he has defended since he began writing critique. These bases depend on making use of philosophies of difference and dimensional modernity. He's a prominent thinker in this field. He based his work on the concepts of differences as the rising modernity that declares the death of classical modern philosophy. For example, this rising modernity does not think changing the understanding of religions is an important project because people's cultures and religions with all their content are confined within a private space for those who believe in them. The concept of rising modernity also raises the question of why French heritage is more important than that of Brazil or Indonesia, for instance.
Dimensional modernity is not interested in religion as a standard for truth or an as introduction to enlightenment. This is what led to the disagreement between two Arab thinkers; one perspective believes it is possible to find other analyses that adapt with the era, while the other does not attach importance to a universal intellectual figure who's responsible for sabotage and destruction and who's obsessed with himself and with the outdated facts he carries.
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