Ibn Rushd Prize 2005

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Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid Portrait
Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd during the Ibn Rushd Prize awarding ceremony 2005

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab scholar of Islam who strives for a fundamental reform of Islamic thought, and who works towards a reapprochement between Islamic tradition and modernity.

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Picture Report on the Ibn Rushd 2005 Awarding Ceremony

Cora Josting, founding member, Public Relations officer and adviser, and Said Alameddine, member of the Advisory Council give a welcome speech. “Candidates can be proposed by any person worldwide. An independent jury of experts which is appointed every year anew decides upon the prize winner. This procedure will hopefully activate as many Arabs in the World as possible to contribute to their culture so that a new political conciousness and atmosphere of hope will be fostered, to be able to join forces and have an effect on establishing freedom and democracy in the Arab world.”

“Prof. Dr. Rotraud Wielandt (Islamic and Arabic Studies at the University of Bamberg) described the difficult stations in Abu Zaid´s academic career, which he began late in his life because of his modest social background. Main impulses for his work were Western theories of hermaneutics and semiotics (the German philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer, the Japaneese orientalist Toshihiko Izutsu). He also used literary theories for his understanding of the Koranic text (Jurij Lotman and Claude Elwood Shannon).”

“To draw an analogy, according to this modell the understanding of a text is like receiving an encoded radio message. If the sender of the message wants his message to be understood, he must send it in a code that is known to the receiver. The Koranic revelation is so to speak God’s message in human language. But language gains its exact meaning mainly from human conventions, in which the whole social, cultural and historical horizon of those, who speak it, comes to fruition. Obviously even God had to use in the Koran the same language and cultural codes of his first receivers, so that He may be understood by them.”

Preceding the celebration Hikmat Bushnaq-Josting translates the questions of the journalists at the press conference.
Foto from left to right: Hikmat Bushnaq-Josting, Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, Nabil Bushnaq (President of Ibn Rushd Fund).

Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid after receiving the

First row from left to right: Dr. John Nasta, Prof. Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, Said Alameddine
Second row: Prof. Zuhair Shunnar, Prof. Ibtihal Yunis (Abu Zaids wife), Shereen (Abu Zaid’s daughter), Dr. Abier Buhsnaq
Third row: Hikmat Bushnaq-Josting, Nabil Bushnaq (President of IBN RUSHD Fund), Cora Josting, Dr. Hamid Fadlalla.
Youssef Hijazi translates Abu Zaid’s speach simultaneously.
Before and after the press conference some journalists took the chance to interview the prize winner.
The room was filled up with people. A cameraman filmed the event for a documentary film.
Among the guests are physicians, academics, journalists, politians, intellectuals, poets and artists of different nationalities. Some guests came from far away, from Cairo, Munich, Frankfurt am Main or Karlsruhe. The hall was crowded with people (about 160), some coudn’t find a seat.
On the left is sitting Prof. Werner Ende, one of five Jury members this year and the first German.
The Film-maker Jacob Bender has esspecially come from New York to film the event of the awarding for his documentary film on “Reason and Revelation: Averroes, Maimonides, Aquinas in Their Times and Ours”.
The Director of Goethe-Institute, Christoph Bertrams, welcomes the guests in his house. It is the third year in succession, in which the Goethe-Institute offers its rooms for free to the annual event of the fund.
n the end Baqlawa and Tea are being served.
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