The well-known Jesuit Henri Boulad, former Provincial of the Jesuits in Egypt and director of the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria, has a life-long experience of what it means to live as a non-Muslim in a predominantly Islamic country. A few weeks ago, he has accepted Hungarian citizenship in order to support the restrictive migration policy of the Hungarian head of government, Viktor Orbán, and to exert a corresponding influence on the European immigration policy.
With accepting Hungarian citizenship, he wanted to “signal that the country has made the right decision on the issue of the migration crisis that threatens the existence of Europe,” said Boulad. “I would like to (…) fight for the future and for the Christian values on the side of Hungary and Viktor Orbán”.
In principle, support for refugees and poor is “right and good,” according to Boulad. However, the Church currently holds opinions that are strongly influenced by the French Islamologist Louis Massignon (1883-1962), for whom mystical Sufism had meant the essence of Islam. Islam, however, historically chose not the “Meccan,” but the “Medinian,” path that still determines it: “The surates of the Koran that threaten so-called unbelievers with violence and jihad, are from the Medina period, while the more tolerant, mystic surates stem from the Mecca period. Rome, does not understand this, and the Christians of the East, who know Islam from the inside, are not asked, they are put to the side.” According to the Jesuit, the Catholic Church naively bases its view on Islam on the views of “so-called experts in Paris, Berlin, or America, who are regarded as great Islamic scholars, but whose views are purely academic,” and thus “fell into the trap of the Christian-Islamic dialogue, which in reality resembles a dialogue among deaf persons.”