There is substantial evidence that he is a con-man/charlatan and not, strictly speaking, delusional. Notice that he has not tried to publish his work in journals other than his own, which would provide the greater recognition he supposedly yearns, because he understands at some level that the work is content-free. He does not speak at real conferences about his work, again because he knows at some level that he would be exposed as a fraud. So he stays safely in his own little fiefdom, where he is king, surrounded by sycophants, risking nothing. He can go to 't Hooft birthday party-like events, posing as a "respected" journal editor and token representative of physics in the developing world, precisely because none of the major players have ever heard of nor recognize him. He tells transparent lies on arabic language television, not yet realizing that the videos may find their way into the larger internet world and reappear with multi-language subtitles.
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, ... and that is usually sufficient."
This is El Naschie Watch's long-standing view.
The Naschie Party have sometimes tried to justify his nearly exclusive reliance on Chaos, Solitons and Fractals to publish his papers. For example, in This surfer is no Einstein, El Naschie's brother Amr -- or perhaps someone impersonating him -- said this. It's one of the all-time great letters of El Naschie support. The relevant paragraph is the last one:
Finally, why does [he publish in] his own journal? Simple, if I had a shop selling cars, and I was [sic] the best car [in] the world, why bless other shops with my cars? I would place my cars in my [own shop. His] work is simply brilliant, so he promotes his Journal, as if it needs promotion, [with] work in his Journal.
Good luck with your anger management course.
Posted by Amr Nashai on June 5, 2008 1:48 PM
But if that were the case, El Naschie's sacking as Editor-in-Chief of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals would merely have redirected his output to another journal. That didn't happen. Instead, he has stopped publishing his nonsense science papers entirely, as can be checked easily in Google Scholar.