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  • Migration – promise of a new life and a trauma?
    العربية DeutschOur FIRST event since the breakout of COVID-19! Wars, conflicts and persecution in several regions of Africa and Asia have driven millions of migrants from […]
  • Ibn Rushd Lecture: Gaza 2020- Ahmed Abu Artema
    العربية DeutschSovereignty, the Subject and Life under Siege & what led him to initiate the Great Return March Dear friends of Freedom of Thought, in the […]
  • Freedom of Expression between the frontlines
    العربية DeutschThe hashtag ‘#My Palestinian Sitty’, a phrase coined by the democratic US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, is trending on social media: My Palestinian Grandma. Lots of […]
  • Ibn Rushd Lecture with Mohamed Hashem
    العربية DeutschDear friends of freedom of thought, in the Arab World and elsewhere,   We cordially invite you to an Ibn Rushd Lecture with the Egyptian writer and […]
  • Photos, Music and Performance
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  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschThe Ibn Rushd Prize 2018 calls for: a caricaturist who criticizes or ridicules political, religious or social leaders and authorities. A caricature is an exaggerating […]
  • Press release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Prize 2019 goes to Bahraini Artist Sara Qaed The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to announce the Bahraini artist […]
  • Members of the Jury
    العربية DeutschAmjad Rasmi Born in 1974 Amman, Jordan. Lives between London and Amman. Majored in Fine Arts in Amman. Started in Al Shark Al Awsat newspaper […]
  • Laudatory speaker (CV)
    العربية DeutschIbn Rush Price 2019 Born in Tunisia. Obtained certificates of “efficiency in research” with a university research on the aesthetics of Adreno in French in […]
  • Ibn Rushd Award 2019 CV Sarah Qaed
    العربية Deutschis an artist from Bahrain currently living in Newcastle, UK.She practices art via editorial caricatures, drawings, comics, illustrations, wearable pieces, and anything in between, delivering […]
  • Invitation: Ibn Rushd Prize 2019
    العربية DeutschSara Qaed Invitation  You are cordially invited to attend the presentationof the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought,2019 awarded in the field of caricature,to […]
  • Ibn Rushd Lecture: Out Of Place (Screening)
    العربية DeutschDear friends of freedom of thought, in the Arab World and elsewhere,   Roots are at the base of everyone’s identity, and the need to know […]
  • Sudan – History, Present and Perspectives
    العربية DeutschDear friends of freedom of thought, in the Arab World and elsewhere, Sudan is a country many of us here in Germany know very little […]
  • In celebration of Mahmoud Darwish
    العربية DeutschDear friends of freedom of thought, the next Ibn Rushd Lecture is a special one, complemented by recital and music, and rounded off with a […]
  • Ibn Rushd Lecture: Peace in Palestine – can this dream still come true?
    العربية Deutschwith Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Palestine is a name for a region that has undergone dramatic change. Once sounding like a divine promise, it now seems […]
  • Let´s celebrate together! 03.10.2018
    العربية DeutschDear Friends of Free Thought in the Arab World and elsewhere, After last year’s great success we would like to celebrate again with you the […]
  • Condolance
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Fund mourns the death of the 2009 Ibn Rushd award winner Samir Amin Today we are saying farewell to a pioneer, a global […]
  • Shaping Consciosness and our Relationships to the Different ” others “
    العربية Deutsch This Diwan will be held mostly in Arabic.  Do philosophy and literature shape our consciousness and relationships with others? Diwan Al-Falsafa with Dr. Abdul-Hakim […]
  • Old and New Elites in the Arab World
    العربية Deutschwith Salam Kawakibi Elite – what does this term mean in relation to the Arab world in general, and to Syria in particular? How did […]
  • The Phenomenon of Self-hatred in Immigrant Circles
    العربية Deutschwith Salam Kawakibi Dear friends of freedom of thought, the Syrian political scientist Salam Kawakibi will be in Berlin next week – we seized the […]
  • Freedom? On the philosophy of liberation according to M Aziz Lahbabi
    العربية DeutschFreedom. Each language has its own special connotations vibrating along with this value, such as the famous French ‘liberté’ or the American ‘freedom’, and since […]
  • Secularism, Secularity and Secularisation
    العربية DeutschSecularism, secularity and secularisation – what exactly does each notion mean, and how are they related to and distinguished from each other? Does secularism, for example, […]
  • Memorial Speech for Sadiq Jalal al-Azm
    On this occasion, I have to admit here that despite my studies of philosophy and Immanuel Kant at the Humboldt University in Berlin, I read Sadiq’s dissertation on Kant’s Theory of Time as one of the black copy books in Damascus – but I never understood it as much as I tried. This immensely increased my respect for the author, of course. But more remarkably, although I was a bit disappointed about myself, it did not matter at all. Not for him, and not for me, because most of the intellectual exchange with him took place orally, in hour-long and night-long conversations, interrupted with witty humour, laughter and human warmth.
  • Recollection along my Father’s Journey
    Many of you are here to honour Sadik, the thinker, the public intellectual, the philosopher, and the teacher. Others are here in memory of a friend. I am here to honour my father. I would like to start by saying that Sadik lived his life as he saw fit. He described his life’s journey as “prolific, full and rich, a journey which I enjoyed tremendously, a life with no regrets”. In other words, he did it his way. Just like the Frank Sinatra song.
  • Minbar Ibn Rushd – 21st issue, Editorial
    he lived most of his life in his home land, but his work was effective in the entire Arab world … he died secluded in exile in Berlin where he lived the last few years of his life. Sadiq Jalal al-Azm is considered as one of the pioneers of Arab Modernism and an outstanding scholar of critical thought in the Arab world. Al-Azm achieved great fame in 1968 and 1969 with the publishing of his works “Self-criticism after the defeat” and “Critique of Religious Thought”, in which he radically attacked central dogmas of political and religious-cultural discourse within Arab society.
  • Contemporary Arab Culture From Description to Change
    العربية Deutsch (Linguistic and Sociologic Perspectives) Mohammed Chawich analyses what constitutes contemporary Arab culture – its major trends and possible linguistic and social perspectives – through […]
  • Values
    العربية DeutschValues: Are they universal? Are they cultural? What are “our” values?   Diwan in German. Are all values the same everywhere, as the ‘Universal Declaration of […]
  • Photos, Music and Performance
    العربية DeutschPictures from the 2017 Ibn Rushd Prize awarding ceremony to AMAN – Palestine
  • Awarding Ceremony Summary
    العربية DeutschAwarding Ceremony Summary Dear friends of freedom of thought in the Arab World and elsewhere: We wish you a Happy New Year 2018. May the […]
  • Laudatory: Kinda Hattar
    العربية DeutschLaudatory Speech given by Kinda Hattar, Transparency International on occasion of AMAN-Coalition, Transparency of Palestine, winning the Ibn Rushd Prize for freedom of Thought on […]
  • Laudatory speaker (CV)
    العربية DeutschKinda Hattar has worked with Transparency International (TI) for 5 years as the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regional Advisor, she has developed TI […]
  • Speech of the Fund
    العربية DeutschWelcoming Speech of the Ibn Rushd Fund at the occasion of awarding the Ibn Rushd Prize to AMAN, Coalition for Accountability and Integrity Palestine on […]
  • Speech of the Prize Winner
    العربية DeutschSpeech given by Majdi Abu Zaid, Executive Director of the AMAN-Coalition, Transparency of Palestine, during presentation of the Ibn Rushd Prize on behalf of AMAN […]
  • Press release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Prize 2017 goes to AMAN – Coalition for Accountability and Integrity The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to announce […]
  • Members of the Jury
    العربية DeutschAtta El-Battahani Dr. Atta El-Battahani is a Professor in Political Science, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex, (Britain), and M.Sc, B.Sc in […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschThe Ibn Rushd Prize 2017 calls for a person, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to combatting corruption In many parts of […]
  • CV (Info) AMAN
    العربية DeutschThe Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) AMAN was established in 2000 upon an initiative by a number of Palestinian civil society organizations working in […]
  • Integration
    العربية DeutschWhat do we mean when we speak about integration? It seems a simple question; there is, however, no single or simple answer. And despite the […]
  • The Individual and Islam
    العربية DeutschIndividualism in Eastern and Western Cultures It seems that the concept of the “individual”, in its moral and political sense, represents a cultural and intellectual […]
  • Womans rights and the arabic governments – Gender (in)equality
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  • Post Secularism
    العربية DeutschDear Friends of Free Thought in the Arab World and Elsewhere, Since the European Enlightenment, secularism has been considered one of the main features of […]
  • Arab Political Thought, the Syrian Revolution & the Question of Asylum
    العربية Deutschwith Dr. H. Darwish Ibn Rushd Lecture on Wednesday, 26th April, at 8:00pm in the Lettrétage Berlin. The Syrian philosopher Hosamedden Darwish spoke on Critical Ideas in […]
  • In Memory of Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm
    العربية DeutschIn Memory of Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm – February 10, 2017 The Ibn Rushd Fund and the Sadik Al-Azm Foundation for Culture and Education hosted a memorial […]
  • Libya – the Country, its People and the Current Situation – Dr. Aly Masednah El-Kothany
    العربية DeutschLibya Today Libya is a country that at present appears as a blank area on the medial map. Hardly any news make it over to […]
  • Editorial – Minbar Ibn Rushd 20

    we warmly welcome you to this new edition of Minbar Ibn Rushd, our online magazine. Here are our topics:

    In December 2015 the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – SWP) in Berlin published a study entitled “The bitter harvest of the Arab Spring. Transformation, the change of the elite and a new social Mobilization” by Dr. Muriel Asseburg and Heiko Wimmen, now translated into Arabic and reviewed here by Dr. Hamid Fadlalla and Fadia Foda. The article summarises the main points of the study and discusses the development, aftermath and perspective of the Arab Spring revolutions. After this extensive analysis, which examines the dimensions of this wide movement and the regional and international complications, the conclusion reached is that it is a bitter harvest after five years of instability.

  • Ibn Rushd Lecture with Dr. Mohamed Adel Mtimet – The missing of the idividual in the Arab culture
    العربية Deutschthe unmentioned paradox when calling  for democracy in the Arab world: On July 19th 2016 the Tunisian philosopher Mohamed Adel Mtimet held an Ibn Rushd […]
  • Diwan Al Falsafa: Modernity
    العربية DeutschModernity, as a philosophical movement, emerged as a direct consequence of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries´ scientific revolution in Europe. Based on the new scientific […]
  • Minbar Ibn Rushd – 19th issue, Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers, We are opening the issue with an essay by Rachid Boutayeb from Morocco entitled “The body of the other (towards a post-Islamic subjectivity)”. […]
  • Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh
    العربية DeutschThis article is only available in German.
  • Editorial, Minbar 18th. issue
    العربية DeutschDear readers This special edition of Minbar Ibn Rushd is dedicated to prison literature, the subject of this year’s Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of […]
  • Ibn Rushd Preis 2015 goes to Palestinian Author Aisha Odeh
    العربية DeutschThe second prize is shared by Mustafa Khalifa and Ahmed Marzouki The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is pleased to announce Palestinian writer […]
  • Members of the Jury 2015
    العربية DeutschMembers of the Jury of Ibn Rushd Prize 2015 Mohammed Achaari Moroccan poet and writer, born in 1951. Contributed to the political and trade union […]
  • Winner of the 2nd prize
    العربية DeutschAhmed Marzouki Ahmed Marzouki was born in 1947 in Bouajul, a village in northwest Morrocco. His father worked at the local court after having studied […]
  • CV Aisha Odeh
    العربية DeutschAisha Odeh Born in Deir Jerir near Ramallah/Al-Bireh in 1944.Primary school Deir Jerir, middle and secondary school in Ramallah.Diploma in Education at the Teacher’s Collge […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination Ibn Rushd Prize 2015 announced inPrison Literature They go to prison, and they write … on walls, on toilet paper, cigarette scraps, […]
  • Editorial
    Dear readers; this issue Minbar Ibn Rushd again offers you a new selection of interesting essays by authors from different Arab countries
  • Concert for Syria
    العربية DeutschThis page is only available in German, or Arabic.
  • Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers, We begin the year with an extensive double winter issue. At the Reinhold Frank Memorial Lectures in summer 2014, Jörg Armbruster was invited […]
  • Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes)’ views on women. By Nadia Harhash
  • Ibn Rushd Prize 2014 is awarded to the Tunisian politician Rachid Ghannouchi
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Prize 2014 is awarded to the Tunisian politician Rachid Ghannouchi The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is pleased to announce the […]
  • Speach of the Fund
    العربية DeutschWelcome speech of the Ibn Rushd Fund (held by Dr. Hamid Fadlalla) on occasion of awarding the Ibn Rushd Prize 2014 to Rachid al-Ghannouchi Simultanübersetzung: […]
  • Members of the Jury 2014
    العربية DeutschMembers of the Jury of Ibn Rushd Prize 2014 The Ibn Rushd Fund’s voting procedure for the determination of the award winner: After a period […]
  • CV Rachid Ghannouchi
    العربية DeutschRashid al-Ghannushi Rashid al-Ghannushi (born in 1941), is a Tunisian politician, co-founder of the Al-Nahda Movement and serving as its “intellectual leader”.Al-Ghannushi was born outside […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination The Ibn Rushd Prize 2014 is calling fora person who stands for a modern Islam as a pillar of civil society and […]
  • Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers, The Arab revolution and its influence on intellectual Thought and politics have been the focus of interest in previous issues and still remain […]
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Award 2013 goes to Palestinian Singer-Songwriter The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to declare the singer-songwriter Rim Banna the […]
  • Laudatory: Erik Hillestad
    العربية DeutschLaudatory speech to Rim Banna at her receiving of the Ibn Rushd Award 2013 by Erik Hillestad, music producer and lyricist, Norway My meeting with […]
  • Members of the Jury 2013
    العربية DeutschMembers of the Jury of Ibn Rushd Prize 2013 Lotfi Bouchnak Lotfi Bouchnak, born 1952 in Tunis to a family of Turkish-Bosnian origin, is a […]
  • CV Rim Banna
    العربية DeutschRim Banna Rim Banna, a Palestinian singer-song writer, composer, arranger and activist, was born in Nazareth, Galilee, on December 8, 1966. During her studies at […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination The Ibn Rushd Prize 2013 is calling for a singer, songwriter, or band whose songs deal with the quest for freedom, civil […]
  • Editorial
    Dear reader, this issue is dedicated to some of these complex problems in the Arab world. The focus is on education, which is why we begin and end the issue with it.
  • Sudan/South Sudan Conference, Hermannsburg, Germany 2012 – Speech held by Hamid Fadlalla
    العربية DeutschDear Marina, dear HermannLadies and Gentlemen Since a quarter of a century we have been meeting every year in Hermannsburg, this charming and delightful city […]
  • School Magazine Project
    العربية DeutschCompetition between four groups of pupils – two from a girls’ school and two from a boys’ school in Tulkarm/Palestine The school magazine competition project […]
  • Members of the Jury of the Ibn Rushd School Magazine Project
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Prize for School Journalism 2013Competition between four groups of pupils – two from a girls’ school and two from a boys’ school in […]
  • Photos
    العربية DeutschPhotos taken during the project and ceremony on 25th March 2013 (Ibn Rushd Prize for School Journalism 2013). Life Documentation
  • My Beloved People – Hosni Mubarak’s speech to the Egyptian people – poem by Ahmad Fuad Najm
    My beloved people, my soul, my babies Like a ring around my finger, you are My good people, you who give me fulfillment Living in the graveyards[1] patiently and content You, who eat poison and sell your clothes just to get by
  • Utopia Choir – “The people demand the life of the square” by Dr. Faiha Qasem Abdulhadi
    العربية Deutsch“Tomorrow, when we bring all cowards to justice… Egypt will live safely”The Revolution Utopia Choir The Egyptian popular revolution was characterized by the accurate slogans […]
  • Interview with Sami Kilani ”The Symbol of Resistance Is Not the Bullet!”
    How do you define the term “non-violence”?Sami Kilani: Non-violence means respect for another person. I reject the notion of degrading another as a person or as a society and thereby regarding them as something less human. This means applying the same standards to another person as you would to yourself.
  • Editorial
    Dear readers! The Arab world is facing major challenges. Only with new ideas, concepts and approaches will this part of the world be able to achieve what many others have enjoyed for a long time: equality of rights and obligations, a life without fear, a life in dignity, which guarantees equal economic and social opportunities for everyone,
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Award 2012 goes to Syrian Lawyer Razan Zaitouneh The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to declare the Syrian lawyer […]
  • Members of the Jury 2012
    العربية DeutschMembers of the Jury of Ibn Rushd Prize 2012 Taoufik Ben BrikTaoufik Ben Brik was born in 1960 as the son of a trade unionist […]
  • CV Razan Zaitouneh
    العربية DeutschRazan Zaitouneh Razan Zaitouneh was born in 1977 in Syria. In 1999 she completed her studies at the faculty of law in Damascus and initiated […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination The Ibn Rushd Fund is seeking nominations for the 2012 Ibn Rushd Award:a young activist of the Arab Spring who peacefully fights […]
  • Secularism and the question of Islam; Turkey as an Example
    العربية DeutschBy Sadek Jalal Al-Azm: Sadek Jalal Al-Azm talking about the question of secularism and Islam. Talk organised by the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of […]
  • 12th issue, winter 2011/2012 – Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers! In this issue we continue pursuing the subject of “Arab thought” and dedicate ourselves to a number of modern Arab philosophers, whose work […]
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Award 2011 goes to Tunisian Woman Journalist  The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to declare the journalist Sihem Bensedrine […]
  • Members of the Jury 2011
    العربية DeutschMembers of the Jury 2011 Toujan al-Faisal Toujan al-Faisal is a human rights activist, born in Jordan in 1948.  She was a TV journalist and […]
  • CV Sihem Bensedrine
    العربية DeutschSihem Bensedrine Personal Born on 28th October 1950 in La Marsa (Tunis), married to Omar Mestiri, three children Education MA of Philosophy from the University […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination The Ibn Rushd Fund is seeking nominationsfor the 2011 Ibn Rushd Award: A woman journalistwho actively and courageously fosters freedom of thought […]
  • 11th issue, winter 2010/2011 – Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers! Last summer we resumed our magazine – after a long interval – with an extensive first issue on “Arab thought”. We will now […]
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschIbn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thoughtawarded to Internet Platform al-Hewar al-MutamaddinAward Ceremony on November 26th 2010 in Museum for Islamic Art, Pergamon, Berlin Berlin, […]
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschThe Ibn Rushd Award 2010 Goes to theArab Internet Forum al-Hewar The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is delighted to declare the Internet […]
  • Members of the jury
    العربية DeutschMembers of the jury Ahmed Ashour Ahmed Ashour (born in Jordan 1981) holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a major in graphic design […]
  • CV Rezgar Akrawi
    العربية DeutschRezgar Akrawi Main coordinator of internet-forum al-Hewar al-MutamaddinCoordinator of Centre for Marxist and Left-Wing Studies and Research Born 1966 in Aqra in Iraq (Kurdistan-Iraq) Political Activity […]
  • Call for Nomination
    العربية DeutschCall for Nomination The Ibn Rushd Award 2010 calls for a Webblogger who fundamentally enriches and advances public discourse. The internet’s contribution to the transformation […]
  • The Arabic Critical Discourse – Between the heritage integration and the horizon of interpretation by Dr. Khalid Slaiki
    العربية Deutsch“However the problems of reading do not stop at the limits of exploring the meanings in their historical contexts but rather exceed this in an […]
  • Igniting the Arab Scientific Revolution by Edgar Choueiri
    العربية DeutschCan the Arab world become a major contributor to the advancement of the sciences, as it once was many centuries ago? Does it need to? […]
  • 10th issue, summer 2010 – Editorial
    العربية DeutschDear readers! We are very pleased to inform you that our internet magazine Minbar Ibn Rushd (Ibn Rushd Forum) is to resume regular publication after […]
  • Press Release
    العربية DeutschBeyond Capitalism: A Southern Perspective The Egyptian economist Samir Amin will be awarded the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought 2009 (Berlin) This year’s […]
  • Members of the Jury 2009
    العربية DeutschMembers of the jury Henry Azzam Dr. Henry Azzam joined Deutsche Bank in May 2007 as Chief Executive Officer for Middle East and North Africa […]
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