In the comments of the previous post a reader wrote
I attended a lecture of Dr. Tarek Ibrahim from Alexandria University. It was a general lecture about the theory or relativity. It was awesome and I enjoyed it very much. That was like two weeks ago. I looked for information about this professor and found this site
In the part of PDF downloads, He put the reports of the referees, they are all Fellows in Royal Society FRS, to reward him the degree of Doctor of Science, D. Sc. Any way in the first one of them, written by Robin Marshall from Manchester University, in the last page of his report he mentioned something about El Naschie and it seems that there was a problem between the two men Ibrahim and the Duke. Any way, I think he said something funny about the great man. He said "discussion with someone called El Naschie". I think you might enjoy this report.
and I responded
Awesome! Thank you for the link and the excellent information.
Readers may remember that Dr. Tarek Ibrahim from Alexandria University is, unlike El Naschie, a real physicist. AU President Hend Hanafi scandalously gave El Naschie an Emeritus type position in the AU Physics department, which must have been annoying to Ibrahim and his colleagues.
Here is Marshall's writeup:
R. Marshall on T. Ibrahim
The part of interest is this:
There is one area where Dr Ibrahim has allowed himself to become sucked into public (internet) discussion with someone called El Naschie. Although many of us can make our judgment, there is a real danger that that some people may not have the necessary background to decide the rights and wrongs and as a result of his engagement, Dr Ibrahim potentially could harm his image or reputation and through his affiliation, his University by arguing in public with someone whom Mark Twain might regard as a fool and hence a danger to argue with, because no one can tell the difference. This is my personal judgment, but then I was asked for it. If this decision were marginal, (which it isn’t), small negative items like this could make an adverse difference. Again, I do not let this change my judgment but with the status of a D.Sc. from a University in the most ancient seat of learning in the world, Dr Ibrahim should be even more able to ignore those who are harmless, even if irritating for whatever reason. This is an area of weakness, although it lies outside the scope of the submitted material.
It is virtually certain that Prof. Marshall learned about the Ibrahim-El Naschie conflict by reading El Naschie Watch. The original sources are Arabic language newspapers that would be obscure to an English physics professor.
Marshall is correct that El Naschie is a fool, but breathtakingly wrong in considering El Naschie a "harmless, even if irritating" fool who will go away if ignored. El Naschie is an Egyptian media phenom. El Naschie even has a position on the faculty of Ibrahim's own physics department, and indeed already had that position on the date when Marshall wrote his ill-informed criticism of Ibrahim!
Is Marshall seriously suggesting that arguing with a fellow physics department member recently appointed by the President of one's University threatens to sully one's reputation on account of that person's reputation as a fool? Absurd.
This is an illustration of the truism that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I am delighted that Marshall reads El Naschie Watch, but I wish he had read it more carefully. His semi-informed assessment does Ibrahim an injustice.
I have sent Marshall a link to this post.