Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought Presents the Ibn Rushd Prize 2010 to Internet Platform al-Hewar al-Mutamaddin
On 26th November 2010 Rezgar Akrawi received the 12th Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought at the Museum for Islamic Art (Pergamon Museum) in Berlin. The prize is awarded to honour al-Hewar al-Mutamaddin’s efforts in establishing an open and civilized discourse between members of Arab societies. The forum gives authors and readers the opportunity to discuss in an open and honest way topics that are otherwise taboo, so as to explore and promote together ideas on social progress in a democratic manner.
An independent jury, consisting of four prominent Arab intellectuals, elected al-Hewar al-Mutamaddin out of 13 candidates from 7 countries: Iraq, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia.
About 90 persons - Arab and german personalities, academics and representatives in the fields of culture, politics and society - gathered in the Museum of Islamic Arts, surrounded by the stony walls of the Umayyad winter residence Qasr Mshatta of the 8th century in Berlin. Some guests came from far away, from Heidelberg, Bremen and Karlsruhe. Before and after the press conference some journalists took the chance to interview the prize winner and laudatory speaker. Baqlawa and Tea are being served.
Text: Abier Bushnaq
Photo: Berit Rackwitz and Sami Ibrahim