Beirut (AsiaNews) Ã‚â€“ The desire to “regain” the Mosque of Cordoba, now a Cathedral since 1236, is a clear signÃ‚Â of theÃ‚Â Muslim tendency to “re-conquer” Europe. However, “the support given by certain Spanish government leaders in the city (of Cordoba)Ã‚Â makes itÃ‚Â all theÃ‚Â more manifest just how much Europe has ‘lost its identity’, widespread now across the continent”, Fr. Samir Khalil, a professor in Beirut told AsiaNews.
The same Fr Samir in a 2004 article.
Jesuit Father Samir Khalil, 68, is one of the world’s greatest experts on the Islamic and Arab world. Of Egyptian origin, he worked for years in Egypt and Lebanon. To this very day he divides his time between teachings at St. Joseph’s University in Beirut and the Pontifical Institute of Oriental Studies in Rome.