François Thual was born in France in 1944. He was raised among a Christian family. He continued his education until he became a professor in the Sorbonne University. He occupied the post of the secretary of the Moderate Bloc in the French Senate.
He got introduced to Islam and the sect of Ahlulbeit (PBUT) via his friend in the university Henry Corbin who informed him about the evidences of the righteousness of Islam and the sect of Ahlulbeit (PBUT). Corbin further acquainted him with the supreme knowledge and the sublime morals that distinguish this sect, such as the care Jaafari Shiism shows to observe moderation while dealing with the owners of other viewpoints, observing moral values, keeping a scientific manner in carrying dialogue, presiding the mind and logic, and renouncing fanaticism and intolerance in the field of scientific research.
Francois Thual decided to embrace the sect of Ahlulbeit (PBUT), saying that he reached that decision through deep thinking and profound contemplation. As such he joined the procession of light led by the Great Prophet and his Household (PBUT).
Embracing Islam and Writing “Shia Geopolitics”:
There is no sect that cares and respects supreme knowledge and sublime morals as the sect of Ahlulbeit (PBUT). Francois Thual found quite what he was searching for and took the right path for life by getting acquainted with the sect of Ahlulbeit (PBUT). He announced embracing Islam and joining this great procession to live a sect that recognizes human values which no two differ on the need to stick to them and to act accordingly.
One of the famous books he wrote in this perspective is “Shia Geopolitics”. Asserting being influenced by his teacher Henry Corbin, Thual says: “Since a long time, I have been showing great care about Shia after I read the books of Henry Corbin which I devoured altogether”. Francois Thual asserts that “Islam with its general spiritual and doctrinal concepts cannot be understood should not we – the westerners – comprehend the righteous School of Shia”. He further stresses that the Islamic world will remain obscure to us whether on the political, geopolitical, or interreligious dialogue level should not we comprehend Shiism. In this perspective he highlights two main points:
1 – Shiism is a prophetic-awaiting doctrine that seeks to change the world through defending the oppressed and the marginalized while awaiting the Imam who will rescue the world from evil. Moreover, people joining this procession came as a necessary response to the internal and external realistic facts.
2 – Reconsidering the process of dealing with Shia in the Middle East because the policy of siege, containment, or suppressing the minorities and prosecuting them on the religious and political level is fruitless, and its future results will be full with surprises.
Some of the most prominent points that came in the book “Shia Geopolitics” are:
“Since it was founded, Shiism was the sect of the persecuted and socially besieged minority. Still, it could develop and polish a preliminary viewpoint on history and the future of mankind. This viewpoint has formed the bases of the sect which believes in the appearance of a reformist at the end of the time in as much as it believes in resurrection on Doom’s Day. This fact rendered this sect an incessant revolutionary movement.
The union of these two specialties – the sect being that of the minority and holding a prophetic interpretation for history and the future – made the return of Shiism to the square of influence in the political and social life a great project.
On the belief the Shia have in Imam Mahdi, Thual says: That is not an abstract, solid doctrine; it is rather the doctrine of an international, global, world program – a characteristic not found in any other sect, faction, or group. Thus international observers must take the significance of this doctrine into consideration, because it is not only a doctrine; it is rather an international integrated project. What is more important is that this project raises the greatest slogan for every believer in justice – meaning absolute justice.
Thual says: “Events had proven that despite all the fruitless practices exerted against the Shia, this phenomenon – the phenomenon of Shiism – is not by any means apt to extinction and impotence; on the contrary it is integrated to the extent that guarantees its fortification against elimination and dispersal”.