The sover of the book "The Allamah" is illustrated by painter Loulou Baasiri.
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Sarkis Naoum clearly wrote "The Allamah" (The Scholar), a treatise on the life and thoughts of late senior Shiite scholar Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, with Lebanon's entangled Shiite community in mind.In a lengthy question and answer session with the influential Shiite religious figure, who died in 2010 at age 74, Naoum tackles everything from Fadlallah's childhood in Iraq's holy city of Najaf and the Islamist activism that he introduced and championed throughout his career, to the 1985 attempt on his life and his reputation as Hezbollah's "spiritual guide".In reality, according to Naoum, it was Shiites – both in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region – who were the greatest opponents of Fadlallah's "modernist and moderate" view of Islam.Naoum, who was introduced to Fadlallah by a mutual friend in the 1980s and over the years became one of the scholar's closest confidantes, reveals that he had mulled over the idea of writing the memoirs for quite some time. The first book, "The Allamah," is Fadlallah's memoir, and comprises a concise introduction penned by Naoum and around 185 pages detailing their in-depth 2001 question-and-answer session.
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