Rabat - To begin, I must make a few warning remarks. I would like to invite anyone who is reading this text with the specific purpose of finding evidence that I reject Islam or that I hate Arabs or that I have been alienated by Western ideologies to stop the exercise here as, one, they will not, and two, I will not let them get away with it. Also, with no false humility, I would extend the same invitation to those who have traditionally striven to find fault with what I say and have pretended that I do not know what I am talking about, because I do and better than many who claim being experts. For those who do not know, I must inform them that I was raised in a family in which reading and discussing texts, of many languages, and in as many areas as language, ante-Islamic and medieval literature and philosophy, history, religion and the arts were habits and daily practices. They structured the culture of our lives.

The Grand Mosque of Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque. Photo By Morocco World News
Abdellatif Zaki is a professor of Languages and Communication at Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco.