Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought

Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought
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First awarded
  • 1999; 21 years ago (1999)

The Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought (German: Ibn-Ruschd-Preis für freies Denken; Arabic: جائزة ابن رشد للفكر الحر‎) is a prestigious[1] prize awarded in Germany which recognises independent, forward-thinking, individuals or organisations who have contributed to democracy and freedom of speech in the Arab world.[2][3]

Samir Amin, 2009 winner
Sihem Bensedrine, 2011 winner
Rached Ghannouchi, 2014 winner

The prize has been awarded annually since 1999, with the exception of 2016, by the non-governmental Ibn-Rushd-Fund (مؤسسة ابن رشد للفكر الحر); the fund itself was founded in 1998 on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the Andalusian philosopher and thinker Ibn Rushd's death (often Latinized as Averroes), and on the 50th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.[3][4]

Prize winners [ edit ]

Year Name Country Subject
1999 Al Jazeera   Qatar Journalism
2000 Issam Abdulhadi   Palestine Women's Rights
2001 Mahmoud Amin El Alem   Egypt Criticism
2002 Azmi Bishara   Palestine Politics
2003 Mohammed Arkoun   Algeria Philosophy
2004 Sonallah Ibrahim   Egypt Literature
2005 Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid   Egypt Reform of Islam
2006 Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim   Sudan Human Rights
2007 Nouri Bouzid   Tunisia Film
2008 Mohammed Abed al-Jabri   Morocco Arab Renaissance
2009 Samir Amin   Egypt Economy
2010 al-Hewar al-Mutamaddin N/A Internet-platform/Blog
2011 Sihem Bensedrine   Tunisia Journalism
2012 Razan Zaitouneh   Syria Arab Spring
2013 Rim Banna   Palestine Music
2014 Rachid Ghannouchi   Tunisia Modern Islam
2015 Ahmed Marzouki

Mustafa Khalifa

Aisha Odeh


2016 N/A N/A N/A
2017 Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN)   Palestine Fight against corruption
2018 N/A N/A N/A
2019 Sara Qaed   Bahrain Caricature

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Kamrava, Mehran (2011), Innovation in Islam: Traditions and Contributions, University of California Press, p. 239, ISBN 0520266951
  2. ^ Snir, Reuven (2006), Religion, Mysticism and Modern Arabic Literature, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 56, ISBN 3447053259
  3. ^ a b Rabasa, Angel; Benard, Cheryl; Schwartz, Lowell H.; Sickle, Peter (2007), Building Moderate Muslim Networks, RAND Corporation, p. 116, ISBN 0833041223
  4. ^ Civantos, Christina (2017), The Afterlife of al-Andalus: Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives, SUNY Press, p. 58

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