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The book "Leopold Weiss alias Muhammad Asad: From Galicia to Arabia" by Günther Windhager has just appeared in Arabic translation.

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The book "Leopold Weiss alias Muhammad Asad: From Galicia to Arabia" by Günther Windhager (with a foreword by Andre Gingrich) has just appeared in Arabic translation.

Dr. Günther Windhager, a previous Academy researcher at ISA’s predecessor unit, published this book in 2002, and was awarded the Academy’s Böhlau Prize in the same year. Since then it has been published in three editions (2003, 2008) in German, and a few weeks ago also in a complete Arabic translation with a respected Saudi publisher.

Muhammad Asad (1900-1992) converted to Islam as the son of an old Austrian rabbinic family, and became a major Islamic writer and theologian. The current translation and publication also represents an attempt at “rehabilitating" Muhammad Asad’s reputation in Saudi Arabia, where his early interpretations and translations of the Qur’an had run into substantial opposition.

His son from his second marriage is Talal Asad, the now well-known British-Saudi social anthropologist ("Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter"). The city of Vienna just a few years ago named the square in front of the Vienna UN seat after Muhammad Asad.