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Un Père Blanc obtient le Prix de l'UNESCO
pour la Culture Arabe.

le Père Michel Lagarde

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Jeudi 29 sept.-05, le directeur général de l'UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, remettra un prix à deux lauréats recommandés par un jury international.

Parmi eux,
- l'écrivain algérien et journaliste Tahar Ouettar pour sa contribution à la littérature et à la langue arabe dans ses romans traduits dans de nombreuses langues.
- le Père Michel Lagarde, Mafr, de l'Institut Pontifical des Etudes Arabes et d'Islamologie (PISAI)

L'Unesco va remettre à Michel LAGARDE, Père Blanc, le Prix International Charjah pour la Culture Arabe pour le travail fourni à promouvoir la rencontre islamo-chrétienne.
Le Jury a accordé ce Prix au Père Michel Lagarde "parce qu'il a consacré sa vie, a enseigné et travaillé considérablement sur la langue arabe et dans l'étude de la religion musulmane. Ses travaux sur les relations islamo-chrétiennes ont contribué au respect mutuel et au rapprochement des deux cultures".

L'UNESCO ajoute que le missionnaire a "contribué largement au dialogue interculturel grâce à sa connaissance profonde de la culture arabe et musulmane acquise au cours de ses nombreux séjours dans les pays arabes et musulmans."

Un expert en Arabe
Une note biographique de l'Agence de Presse Missionnaire (MISNA) souligne que le Père Lagarde, de nationalité française, est professeur d'Arabe et spécialiste dans la science des commentaires classiques du Coran.
Parmi les études remarquables qu'il a faites, on mentionnera ce travail monumental dans le "Grand commentaire" (en 32 volumes) de l'auteur perse Fahr a-Din al-Razi (1200), qu'on pourrait qualifier d'"Encyclopédie de la pensée arabe médiévale".
On lui doit aussi la traduction des œuvres complètes du mystique soufi, l'émir Abd al-Qader al-Jaza'iri, "Kitab al-Mawaqif".

Le Père Blanc, Michel Lagarde a alterné ses longues études avec des périodes de travail missionnaire au Mali.

(Extraits de Zenit News Services)




FIDES AGENCY

Date: 2005-09-23

"White Father" Wins UNESCO Prize for Arab Culture
Father Michel Lagarde

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For His Work on Relations Between Christianity and Islam

PARIS, SEPT. 23, 2005 (Zenit.org).- UNESCO will award a Missionary of Africa the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, for his work on improving relations between Christianity and Islam.

Father Michel Lagarde, of the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, will receive the prize Sept. 29 in Paris, announced the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The director-general of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, will be awarding the prize to two laureates on the recommendation of an international jury.

Algerian writer and journalist Tahar Ouettar will also receive the Sharjah prize for contributing "to making Arab literature and language known outside Arab countries," with his novels translated into numerous languages.

The jury awarded Father Lagarde the prize because "he has dedicated his life, teaching and an important work to the Arab language and the study of the Islamic religion. His works on relations between Christianity and Islam have contributed to mutual respect and the rapprochement of the two cultures."

In addition, UNESCO stated that the missionary has "contributed strongly to the intercultural dialogue thanks to his profound knowledge of the Arab and Islamic culture through his numerous stays in the Arab and Islamic countries."

Arabic expert

Of French nationality, Father Lagarde is a professor of Arabic and an expert on classical commentaries of the Koran, stated a biographical note of the Missionary Service News Agency.

Outstanding among his many known studies is the analysis of the monumental 32-volume work, the "Great Commentary" of Fahr al-Din al-Razi, Persian author of the year 1200, which can be described as an encyclopedia of Arab Medieval thought.

He is also known for his translation of the complete work of the 19th century warrior and Sufi mystic Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza'iri, known as "Kitab al-Mawaquif." The White Father has alternated long years of study with periods of missionary work in Mali.

The Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture recognizes the efforts of a citizen of an Arab country and of a citizen of some other country who by their artistic, intellectual and promotional work have contributed to the growth and diffusion of Arab culture in the world.

The award, an initiative of the United Arab Emirates, was created in 1998, and the first award given in 2002.