The IBN RUSHD Fund
for Freedom of Thought was founded on December 10th, 1998, in
commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Ibn Rushd's (Averroe’s) death, and
on the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Universal Human Rights. It is
an independent organization registered in Germany. Its founding members are
mainly of Arab origin who live in Germany. The sphere of activity, however,
is the Arab countries.
The fund’s goals
The fund’s goal consists in fostering freedom of thought, creativity
and sciences in the Arab World. The IBN RUSHD Fund wants Arab culture
to strive for rationalism and tolerance. Supporting and spreading freedom of
thought, creativity and sciences is an important starting point to catch up
with the process of world civilization. To this end, the fund collects money
to honour people who have rendered outstanding services to these goals.
1st IBN RUSHD Prize 1999 was given to Arab media. The winner: Al Jazeera TV-Channel in Qatar.
2nd IBN RUSHD Prize 2000 was given for the emancipation of Arab women. The winner: Issam A. Abdulhadi, President of the General Union of Palestinian Women.
IBN RUSHD Prize 2001 was
given on the 8th of December 2001 to the Egyptian writer and critic Mahmoud Amin El Alem for his struggle for freedom, democracy
and enlightenment as well as his political commitment.
4th IBN RUSHD Prize 2002 will was given to an Arab Parlamentarian, who has rendered outstanding services to the realization of democracy and multi-party system in his or her country. The winner is Dr. Azmi Bishara, a Palestinian member of Knesset in Israel.
5th IBN RUSHD Prize 2003 was awarded to Mohammed Arkoun, emeritus pofessor at the University of Sorbonne (III) for his outstanding academic work in Arabic history, encouraging the dialogue betw. tradition and modernity
6th IBN RUSHD Prize will be presented for Sonallah Ibrahm, the Egyptian Noverist who has enriched modern engaged literature with outstanding writing.
Who supports the idea ?
The IBN RUSHD Fund received encouraging letters from many Arab intellectuals, among others Aziz al-Azmeh, Adounis, Muhammad Abid al-Gabiri, Sadeq Galal Al Azm, Shawkat al-Kailani, Ahmad Sidqi ad-Dagani, and Haidar Abd al-Shafi.
If you want to support the IBN RUSHD Fund, you can do so by joining us or by donating money. However, moral or advisory support and constructive criticism are also welcome. We look forward to hearing from you.
IBN RUSHD regd., Fund for Freedom of Thought,
Wiesenstr. 53, 16352 Schoenwalde, Germany
Tel.:+49-(0)33056 43 64 69, Fax .:+49-(0)33056 43 64 70