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A SemiteA Memoir of Algeria$
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Denis Guenoun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164023

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164023.001.0001

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Chapter:
(p.98) 8
Source:
A Semite
Author(s):

Denis Guénoun

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164023.003.0008

This chapter describes the courage of René Guénoun in relation to how he associated with the Arabs. It specifically discusses the father's exhortation to the author regarding the Arabs. The author said that his father seemed to have the gift of spontaneous courage. He was not afraid to boast about his exploits. He spoke highly of his own iconoclasm, his fidelity, and his accurate predictions. More importantly, he was not afraid of Arabs, and he highly respected them. He taught his family not to fear Arabs—to laugh at that king of fear, seeing it as ignorant racism. He told his family that they should not consider Arabs as villains because the real villain is the war with its attendant horrors.

Keywords:   René Guénoun, courage, Arabs, iconoclasm, war

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