Fund for Freedom of Thought

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.

3rd 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

e-mail: info@ibn-rushd.org, web   : www.ibn-rushd.org


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