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Muner Shafeq

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1934
  • Age: 89
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Mounir Shafiq Assal, an Arab Islamic thinker, member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and brother of martyr George Shafiq Assal. He was born in Jerusalem to Christian parents in 1934. His father, Shafiq Asal, was a famous lawyer in the city of Jerusalem, and his mother was a graduate of the Teachers’ House in 1927.

Majoring in philosophy, political science and psychology. arrested in 1957 and imprisoned for ten years for his political activity; While imprisoned, he was the ideologue of the Jordanian Communist Party. After his release, and after the change of the party’s approach, and the escalation of the struggle of the Fatah movement, he joined it and represented with his brother-in-law Naji Alloush, Majed Abu Sharar and others, the left revolutionary current in the Fatah movement in the seventies and was known as one of the symbols of its left revolutionary current.

He was interested in the anti-colonial revolutionary history and was influenced by the experience of Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi, Abd al-Qadir al-Jazairi and others, and his convictions increased with an Islamic role for the revolution. converted to Islam in the late 1970s/early 1980s under the influence of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and a fellow Marxist, the French philosopher Roger Garaudy; He moved towards Islamic thought, and appeared as a political analyst on Al-Jazeera channel, but he belongs to the school of radical revolutionary analysis. This was prominent in the recent events in Gaza.

He held the position of head of the Lebanon branch of the General Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists, and worked with the Palestine Liberation Organization in Tunisia in the early eighties at the Planning Center. He also served as Secretary-General of the Sudanese People's Congress for some time; and became an Islamic thinker and innovator in Arab-Islamic affairs; I participate with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; Author of several books on issues related to the Palestinian revolution, Arab unity and Islamic thought; called for a rethinking of doctrine and practice, promoting guerrilla warfare and fighting against the army rather than against civilians in the face of occupation; lived in Lebanon and Oman; He owns a column in the path (a member of the Jordanian Muslim Organization) and Muslim Palestine; Among his publications are Islam and the Battle for Civilization, The New World Order and the Choice of Confrontation.

Early life and education
Mounir Shafiq Assal was born in the Qatamon neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem in 1934. He studied the basic and secondary stages in Jerusalem schools, finished high school in 1953, and joined Beirut Arab University in Lebanon. He worked as a teacher in Jabal al-Tur and Rashidiyeh schools in Jerusalem and in Silwad Elementary School. He worked as a book translator in Lebanon, worked for several months in Kuwait, and became responsible for the Planning Center in the Palestine Liberation Organization between the years (1978-1992).

Shafiq became involved in national action in his early youth, adopted Marxist ideology, joined the Jordanian Communist Party in 1952, rose to organizational responsibilities within it, became one of its leaders, participated in planning and implementing its various activities, including opposition to the Jordanian regime, and contributed to the establishment of the Jordanian Students Union. In 1952, and in the formation of the Jordanian Teachers Union, but he soon disagreed with the party, accusing it of complete subordination to Moscow, and objecting to its positions on the Palestinian issue and the issues of Nasserism and Arab unity. He moved to Lebanon in 1966, and joined the Fatah movement in 1968, influenced by the Fatah leaders, Naji Alloush and Muhammad Abu Meizer. He devoted himself directly to it, and worked in its ranks in Jordan and Lebanon in the fields of foreign relations and media. From the theorists of the revolutionary left-wing Maoist current (relative to Mao Zedong) within it.

He raised the slogans of nationalism and revolution, and took a position opposing the position of the Liberation Organization on the crisis with the Jordanian regime that led to the explosion of the events of September 1970. He converted to Islam in 1981, and became one of the theorists of the Islamic trend in the Arab region, and was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and was active In rapprochement between nationalists and Islamists, and he became a coordinator of the Islamic National Conference, as he was one of those who called for sectarian rapprochement between Sunnis and Shiites, and he was known for his strong opposition to the settlement path, the solutions of two states and one state, and his continuous call for revolution against the Zionist occupation.

He wrote a large number of books, studies and articles published in newspapers, magazines and websites dealing with issues of thought, politics, history, war and the Palestinian cause. Among his publications: On Contradiction and Practice in the Palestinian Revolution (1971), Marxism-Leninism and the Theory of the Revolutionary Party (1977), The Palestinian Revolution between Criticism and Destruction (1977). 1978), Islam in the Battle of Civilization (1983), Islam and the Challenges of Contemporary Decadence (2nd Edition, 1983), World of War (1988), Islam and Confronting the Modern State (1988), Responses to Secular Theses (1989), Contemporary Islamic Thought and Challenges - Revolutions - Harakat - Writings (3rd edition, 1991), Between Rise and Fall.. A response to Faraj Fouda's book (2nd edition, 1991), The New International Order and the Option of Confrontation (1992), The Oslo Agreement and its Implications (1994), Martyrs and the March (1995), The State and the Revolution. On Marx, Engler, Lenin, and Approaches to the Islamic Vision (2001), Fragmentation and the Country State (2001), The Arab Thought Series: Human Development or Globalization (2004), On Theories of Change (2005), Strategy and Tactics in the Art of War Science from the Sword to the Sword Rocket and Expenditure (2008), Democracy and Secularism in the Western Experience (Islamic Vision) (2014), Experiences of Six Global Revolutions: With an Introduction to Revolutions in General (2014).

His most important books
From Marxist writings:

Marxism-Leninism and the Urgent Revolution
Marxism-Leninism and the theory of the revolutionary party
in the science of war
From the writings of the post-Islamic era:

Islam in the battle of civilization
Islam and the challenges of contemporary decadence
Responses to secular theses
between rise and fall
development and independence issues
in theories of change
The new international order and the option of confrontation
Martyrs and march
Muhammad Ali's experience


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