Also an outstanding arrogation question.
There are two fictional characters brought to mind by El Naschie. Both are from L. Frank Baum's books.
The obvious one is Oz, the Great and Terrible, the endearing, harmless shyster whose slight-of-hand parlor tricks convinced a nation that he was a mighty wizard.
Baum also wrote several non-Oz books. One of the best was Sky Island (not shown), in which the protagonists are captured by a character I think is actually a better model for El Naschie. When this monarch entered a room, he was introduced as "The High and Mighty, Spry and Righty, Boolaroo of the Blues!" and similar phrases. He managed to be simultaneously hilarious (in his ostentatious self-importance) and terrifying (genuinely dangerous) at all times.
On El Naschie's homepage, he says of himself, as I blogged once before, "After becoming full Professor of Engineering he followed his inclination..." For those unfamiliar with the terminology of academic rank, let me say a few words. Many of you will be bored, so just skim.
The title "Professor" is widely used, especially by students, to address or refer to faculty in general: their instructors who have graduate degrees. Those referred to as a "professor" in this broad sense may be assistant professors, associate professors, full professors, visiting professors, lecturers, readers, or various other things. Becoming a full professor, however, is unambiguous. You become a full professor when an institution of higher education makes you one. You can't make yourself one. The logical inference is that if Mr. El Naschie is telling the truth, then there exists some institution that made him a full professor.
Accordingly, on February 8, I sent an email to Mr. El Naschie saying:
Dear Dr. El Naschie,
Your Web site http://www.el-naschie.net says "After becoming full Professor of Engineering...".
At what institution did you become full Professor of Engineering? Are you still a full professor?
That was almost a month ago, which is plenty of time for him to have answered the question.
A full professor? Riiiiight.
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائي