Index of all Minbar Editions

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Minbar Ibn Rushd is an online magazine focusing on topics around the Arab world, Arabic culture and transition processes in the Arab World.

Here is an index of all Minbar issues

Issue 21 Spring  2018

  • Editorial – Abier Bushnaq/Cora Josting
  • Sadiq my dearest by Eman Chaker al-Azm 
  • Recollection along my Father’s Journey by Ivan al-Azm
  • Sadiq’s work & its significance in Europe by Werner Ende
  • Sadiq and the Ibn Rushd Fund by Nabil Bushnaq (Founder of the Ibn Rushd Fund)
  • Memorial Speech for Sadiq Al-Azm by Carsten Wieland (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Sadiq’s texts – a comparison from Beirut to Berlin by Fadia Foda
  • Sadiq al-Azm and the Syrian revolution by Mohammed Chawich (Syrian Writers’ Association)

20th issue, autumn 2016

  • The bitter harvest of the Arab Spring – Transformation, the change of the elite and a new social Mobilization. From a Western perspective – A publication by Muriel Asseburg and Heiko Wimmen/Germany – Book Review by Hamid Fadlalla and Fadia Foda
  • Fatima Mernissi: The liberation from Western patriarchy by Mamdouh Farrag an-Nabi
  • The fight against the book Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler is still going on by Hakam Abdel-Hadi
  • Hassan at-Turabi and the journey from bravery to misery by Mohamed Mahmoud
  • The absence of the individual in Arab culture – the unmentioned paradox when calling for democracy in the Arab world by Adel Mtimet
  • Controversy over national identity, religion and secularism in a democratic state by Habib Haddad
  • The creator and his reader – Eulogy on the Iraqi writer and poet Sabri Hashim (died 11 April 2016) by Hamid Fadlalla

19th issue, spring 2016

  • The body of the other (towards a post-Islamic subjectivity) by Rachid Boutayeb
  • Women’s Writing by Muhammad Baqi Muhammad
  • The cultural phenomena of “archives and power”: “Who writes history? Who makes history?” About a discussion at the conference “The oral tradition in times of change: gender, documentation and the construction of the archive”, September 27, 2015 in Cairo by Faiha Abdulhadi
  • The Arab societies in confrontation with fundamentalism and Salafi currents by Habib Haddad
  • Book Review “The end of the Middle East, as we know it” by Volker Perthes by Hamid Fadlalla
  • Book Review “The Arab World in the 20th century: optimism – radical chance – perspectives” by Prof. Udo Steinbach by Hamid Fadlalla
  • A Selection of translated poems from “Instructions within” by the in Saudi Arabia detained Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh

18th issue, winter 2015/2016

  • Arab Prison Literature by Radwa Ashour
  • Experience with writing – Afterword to the autobiography “Dreams of freedom” by Aisha Odeh
  • The slow death of Muhammad Lghalu “- translated excerpt from the autobiography” Tazmamart: az-Zinzana raqam 10 (Tazmamart, cellule no. 10) by Ahmed Marzouki
  • Excerpt from the novel “al-Qawqa’a. Yawmiyyat mutalassis “(The Shell. Memoirs of a Hidden Observer) by Mustafa Khalifa on website “other stories” translated by Elisabeth Jaquette
  • The philosophy of nonviolent resistance of Henry David Thoreau as example by Hassan Kamel Ibrahim
  • Book Review: Insights in the book “The prophethood of Mohamed: History and construction: an access towards a critical reading” by Mohamed Mahmoud by Kadhim Habib
  • Book Review: Sowing the Wind – harvesting the storm – The failure of Western policy in the Middle East – Review of the book “Sowing the Wind. The Effect of Western Policy in the Middle East” by Michael Lüders by Hamid Fadlalla

17th issue, summer 2015

  • The founding myths of the discourse of extremism – Sheikh Muhammad Habash’s Saturday speech and his answers of the questions addressed to him by the audience by Muhammad Habash
  • Cultural interaction between the Muslim world and the West – Ibn Rushd’s criticism of Galen in his medical encyclopedia al-Kulliyāt fī al-ṭibb (General Rules of Medicine) by Hassan Kamel Ibrahim
  • Averroes, the philosopher of enlightenment by Ali Khalil Hamad
  • Let us do justice to our history and set things right by Malak Talal
  • The logic of Empires – American as example by Mohammed Baqi Mohammed
  • The crisis of the Arab mind … and the failure of projects of enlightenment by Habib Haddad
  • The spirit of modernity – Book review “The impossible state: Islam, politics and the crisis of morality in modernity” by Wael Hallaq – by Rachid Boutayeb
  • The literature of dialogue – Book review “The prophethood of Mohamed: History and construction: an access towards a critical reading” by Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud – by Hamid Fadlalla

16th issue, winter 2014/2015

  • Democracy in the Arab World. What chances does it have? by Jörg Armbruster
  • Navid Kermani’s Speech before the German Bundestag on the 65th anniversary of the Basic Law by Navid Kermani
  • A culture of tolerance, the tolerance of ambiguity by Rachid Boutayeb
  • Masculinity and femininity: Debate on similarities and differences between Existential philosophy and political philosophy in Averroes‘ thought by Mohamed Mesbahi – Morocco
  • Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes)’ views on women. Ibn Rushd’s work and Influences by Nadia Harbash
  • The attempt at a modern interpretation of the Qur’an by Abdelhakim al-Adjhar
  • The Arab woman and the Arab culture by Faiha Abdelhadi
  • Razan Zaitouneh – “A Syrian patriot”. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. A Syrian tragedy by Abdalla Hanna
  • Poets never die – In memory of the Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim by Hamid Fadlalla
  • Encounters, reflexions by Hamid Fadlalla

15th issue, spring 2014

  • Darwin‘s Theaory of Evolution: Dusty hypothesis or luminous reality by Habib Abd ar-Rabb Sururi
  • Palestinian Literature after Oslo: A testimony by Ahmad Harb
  • Power and the mentality of exploitation by Ahmad al-Barqawi
  • The Moroccan youth between the individual and the collective I by Abu Azm Salah ad-Din
  • The Arab Uprizing by Volker Perthes
  • The Excluded: The end of the dream of a just society by Heinz Bude
  • Review „Democratization Sudan“ (book by Haidar Ibrahim Ali) by Hamid Fadlalla

14th issue, summer 2013

  • Arab education: A Western super-structure with a sub-structure from the dark ages by Habib Abd ar-Rabb Sururi
  • The role of women as philosophers in the history of Western philosophy by Muhammad Julub al-Farhan
  • The historical novel: Imitation or overcoming reality on the example of the trilogy of Naguib Mahfouz by Mamduh Farrag an-Nabi
  • Sudan/South-Sudan-Conference by Hamid Fadlalla
  • The Arab spring and political Islam by Sadiq Jalal al-Azm – Syria
  • ‘Abd al-Raḥman al-Kawākibī: An enlightenment more than ever important in our dark present by Salam Kawakibi
  • The Ibn Rushd Fund school magazine competition (pilot project Palestine)
  • The school magazine competition (Report) by Nabil Bushnaq
    • Members of the Jury
    • The four competing school magazines
      • Al-Ghusn
      • Al-Fikr al-hurr
      • Nabd al-ibda’
      • Nabd al-qalam
    • Evaluation of the Jury by Fadia Foda
    • The Ibn Rushd Pize for School Journalism
    • Fotos

13th issue, spring 2013

  • Ignition of the self – a Bouazizi-tsunami by Khaled Saifi
  • What is the difference between a secular state and a civil state? by Habib Abd al-Rabb Sururi
  • The solution is that the people take over government? by Sobhi Ghandour
  • Interview with Sami Kilani ’The symbol of resistance is not the bullet!’by Sami Kilani
  • State and Revolution by Amr Shobaki
  • An Arab view of the Tunisian Revolution by Abdallah Tourkmani
  • The spirit is out of the bottle by Hakam Abdel-Hadi
  • Utopia Choir – “The people demand the life of the square” by Faiha Abdulhadi
  • Hosni Mubarak’s speech to the Egyptian people – poem by Ahmad Fuad Najm

12th issue, winter 2011/2012

  • Secular State and the Problem of Religion: Turkey as Example by Sadiq Jalal al-Azm
  • Mohamed Abed al-Jabri: Analyzing Cultural Heritage for the Sake of Modernism by Ghassan Ali Osman
  • Interview with Abdalla an-Naim: „It is not Possible to Keep Religion Totally out of our Life“ and „It is not Possible to Repeat Mohamed’s Prophet State“ by Abdalla an-Naim
  • On the Death of great Ayatollah Muhammad Husain Fadlallah – “Religion is to Serve the Human Being” by Stefan Rosiny
  • Nasr Hamdi Abu Zaid: the Person, the Scholar by Abdalla Al Tawiyya
  • Al-Andalus, the golden Dream by Georg Bossong
  • Regression and Progress in Developing Countries (among them the Arab World): Reasons and Consequences by Muhammad Ahmad az-Zoebi
  • Is it Allowed to Tell Lies about the Truth in Politics by Mohamed Mesbahi
  • Early Photography in Palesatine by Issam Nassar
  • The Wall by Hamid Fadlalla 

11th issue, winter 2010/2011

  • Socialize or Emigrate – Arab-Islamic Migrants are part of the Problem of Discrimination and Isolation by Ghassan Ibrahim
  • The Crisis of Integration Process of Muslims and Arabs in Germany by Hamid Fadlalla
  • The Command of Tolerance in Democratic Immigration Society – Integration and Leading Culture by Gari Pavkovic
  • Ibn Rushd, Martin Luther and “Dialogue of Modernity” by Khaled Hroub
  • Truth and Islamic Law in Ibn Rushd’s Thought by Ahmad Barqawi
  • The International Right to Philosophize by Zouhair al-Khouildi
  • The Trio: Democracy, Liberation and Identity by Subhi Ghandur
  • The Issue of Reason and Revelation by Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid
  • Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid: The Text of the Koran Implies More Interpretations than our Limited Understanding Can Think of by Mohamed Amine Souidi
  • The Problem of NGOs in the Arab World by Abdallah Tourkmani
  • Death in Arab Culture by Hazem Khairy
  • Short Story: The Foreigner by Hamid Fadlalla

10th issue, summer 2010

  • Methodical Introduction into the Study of Arab-Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages by Muhammad Ahmad az-Zoebi
  • Why Scientific Thinking has Failed in Modern Arab Thought by Abd ar-Razzaq Id
  • Progressive Thought in Contemporary Islam – A Critical Approach by Christian W. Troll
  • The Arab Critical Discourse – Between the Heritage Integration and the Horizon of Interpretation by Khalid Slaiki
  • Igniting the Arab Scientific Revolution by Edgar Choueiri
  • Secularization of Arab Thought: Towards Dividing Logic and Religion by Sonia Hegasy
  • Statement by Nabil Bushnaq, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Ibn Rushd Fund in Commemoration of the Death of al-Mohammed Abed al-Jabri at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (30.06.2010) by Nabil Bushnaq
  • Is Capitalism the End of History? On Occasion of Awarding the Economist Prof. Dr. Samir Amin the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought in Berlin by Kadhim Habib
  • Edwad Said: Boundless Humanism by Hazim Khairy
  • Edward Said: The intellectual Cosmopolitan and his multidimensional Character by Abdallah Tourkmani
  • The East in German Literature of the 19th Century – The Tragedy of “Almansour” as Example by Sarjoun Karam
  • An Appreciation of Heinrich Heine’s Drama „Almansor“ by Tawfiq Dawani

9th issue, autumn 2006

  • Muslims/Arabs and the Crisis of Integration into German Society
    by Hamid Fadlalla 
  • The Problem of Migration and the The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
    by Abdallah Turkmani 
  • The Arab World and Technology by Peter Göpfrich
  • Ralph Ghadban: Tariq Ramadan und die Islamisierung Europas, Verlag Hans Schiler, Berlin 2006 (Book review) by  Hamid Fadlalla
  • Caricature dispute – Different Values, Integration of Muslims in the Christian Western World? by Hamid Fadlalla
  • The Animal Kingdom in the Koran by Peter-Anton von Arnim

8th issue, spring 2006

  • Guidelines for Rearranging Europe’s Relationship to the Neighbouring Islamic Countries (“Diplomats for Peace with the Islamic World”) by Jürgen Hellner, Heinz Knobbe, Peter Mende, Freimut Seidel, Arne C. Seifert, Heinz-Dieter Winter
  • Comments to the Diplomats’ Working Paper “Guidelines for Rearranging Europe’s Relationship to the Neighbouring Islamic Countries” by Hamid Fadlalla
  • Call for Papers on Democracy and Parliamentary Elections in the Arab World (Project for Democracy Studies in the Arab World) by Ali al-Kuwari
  • Mahmud Mohammed Taha, Martyr of an Attempt to Renew Islamic Thought in the Sudan by Taha Ibrahim
  • View on Arabism by Subhi Ghandur
  • Personal Freedom by Rabiha az-Zira
  • Methodological Introduction into the Study of Modern Arabic Social Thought by Muhammad Ahmad az-Zubi
  • Ibn Rushd’s Weltanschauung by Mohamed Mesbahi
  • Goethe as Leading Figure of a German Islam? Epilogue of Katharina Mommsen’s “Goethe und der Islam” by Peter-Anton von Arnim
  • The Sleepwalkers. Who are they and where are they going? by Khairy Douma

7th issue, autumn 2005

  • The Philosophic Dimensions of Political Aggressions in Morocco by Mohamed Mesbahi
  • The Fundaments of Modernism and Hindrances of Establishing it in the Arab World Today by Abdallah Turkmani
  • Enlightened Islam between Individualism and Pluralism by Tayyib Tisini
  • Victims of Torture and the Centre of Victims of Torture in Berlin by Hamid Fadlalla
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – Heard Evidence by Khairy Douma
  • Meeting of Cultures by Durgham al-Dabak
  • Herbst, Herbsttag – Two Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke on Autum translated by Hakam Abdelhadi

6th issue, autumn 2004

  • Project for Democracy Studies in the Arab World (Oxford):
    • Opening Speech by Ali al Kuwari
    • Despotism: Instruments for Reproducing it and Possible Ways to Confront it by Tawfiq as-Saif
    • The Religeous Roots of Despotism: Despotism in the Idea of Religeous Guardianship (waliyy al-amr),
    • Islamic Justice of the Victors (fiqh al-ghalaba) and the Rule of Islamic Scholars (wilayat al-faqih) Today by Ali ad-Dabbagh
    • Renewal of Despotism in the Arab World: The Future Role of Secucracy by Haidar Ibrahim Haidar
    • Modern Arab Despotism: The Tunesian Experience as Example by Rafiq Abd as-Salam
    • The Hidden Side of Despotism and Power in the Nature of Arab Political Rule (Algeria) by Abu Zaid Bumdin
  • The Sudanese Conflict as Example for the Conflict between State and Culture: A Diploma by Osman Saeed by Hamid Fadlalla
  • Ibn Rushd (Averroes) and Medicine by Marwan S. Abualrub
  • This Reality is Terrible: Sonallah Ibrahim’s Egypt Between Medial Self-Portrayal and Experienced Everyday Life by Andrea Haist

5th issue, summer 2004

  • Averroes (Ibn Rushd) – The Great Muslim Philosopher Who Planned the Seeds of the European Renaissance by Habeeb Salloum
  • Ibn Rushd : Why succeeded in Europe, failed in Arab Countries by Hakam Abdel-Hadi
  • Ibn Arabi and the Postmodernity by Mohamed Mesbahi
  • Self-Criticism by Balkis Hassan
  • Study of Postcolonial Literature: “Season of Migration to the North” by Khairi Douma
  • Sahar Khalifa in the German Press – Women against Occupation by Hakam Abdel-Hadi

4th issue, spring 2003

  • How to Confront Empire by Arundhati Roy
  • A Difficult Journey to Palestine by Hakam Abdel-Hadi
  • Evaluating Arabic Websites and Web Search Engines: Supply of Information in the Field of Media and Culture by Abier Bushnaq
  • Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature: Translation Grants for Books by Arab Authors
  • When Will They Announce the Death of Arabs? A poem by Nizar Qabbani

3rd issue, winter 2002

  • Ibn Rushd’s Contribution to the Improvement of Arab Women’s Right by Dr. George Tamer
  • Moslems in Secular state: From Civil Rights to Social Commitment by Heiner Bielefeldt
  • New Secularism in the Arab World By Ghassan F. Abdullah
  • Criticism of Civilisation in the Arabic Literature of the nineteenth Century: Ahmad Faris ash-Shidyaq by Abier Bushnaq
  • Mahmoud Darwish on the Occasion of the 53rd Anniversary of the Nakba by Mahmoud Darwish
  • Geographies of the Self: Text and Space in Anton Shammas’s Arabesques by Christian Szyska
  • The Liberation of Women is the Liberation of Men by Balkis Hamid Hasan
  • This is the Colour of my Skin A Poem by Balkis Hamid Hasan
  • Enough for Me. A Poem by Fadwa Touqan

2nd issue, summer 2001

  • Human Rights in the Age of Globalization: An Arab Point of View by Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fayek
  • Globalization and the Lack of a Common Arab Policy by Muhannad Ibrahim Abu Latifa
  • Globalization and the Fears of the Arab World by Prof. Dr. Kadhim A. Habib
  • al-Multaqa ath-Thaqafi al-Arabi in Berlin Presents Itself by Sa’id Alameddine
  • The Black Englishman on the Nile: With Tajjib Salich’s “Season of Migration to the North” by Dr. Hans-Peter Kunisch
  • Abd ar-Rahman Munif: A View Through His Work by Bashar Humeid
  • Our Violent Society: A Personal Statement Retold by E. Yaghi
  • The Sons and Daughters of Liberty by Edna Yaghi
  • The Other One. A Short Story by Dr. Hamid Fadlalla

1rst issue, summer 2001

  • Thoughts on al-Hallaj by Annemarie Schimmel
  • Abul Alaa’ al-Maarri’s Doubts by M. Abul Fadl Badran
  • Al Jazeera Satellite Channel: The Earthquake and its Aftermath by Muftah al-Sherif
  • Taha Muhammad Ali – A Palestinian Poet from Galilea by Hakam Abdel-Hadi
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