Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

In Memory of Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm - February 10, 2017

The Ibn Rushd Fund and the Sadik Al-Azm Foundation for Culture and Education hosted a memorial event for Prof. Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm, who passed away on December 11th, 2016 after a short but grave illness.

Numerous contributors took part in the event to celebrate Freedom of Thought with us, and the great Syrian philosopher as its outstanding representative. Ever since the foundation of the Ibn Rushd Fund, Prof. Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm supported the Ibn Rushd Fund with advice, gave lectures, and in 2012 accepted the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought on behalf of the Syrian activist Razan Zaitouneh. With this memorial event we wanted to remember the great thinker and the wonderful human being, whose magnanimity was in no way second to his intellectual merits.

We remembered Prof. Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm with Eman Chaker Al-Azm (Syria),  Sumaya Al-Azm (Syria), Prof. Werner Ende (Germany),  Dr. Ivan Al-Azm (Syria), Dr. Carsten Wieland (Germany) and Prof. Khaled Hroub (Palestine),   Nabil Bushnaq and  Fatina Foda (Palestine) amongst the speakers, and musical contributions by Nasir Chamma (Oud, Irak), Catherine Le Corre (vocals, France) and Özgür Ersoy (Turkey) accompanied by Ziad Hakim (Syria) at the grand piano, Bachar Zarkan (vocals & oud, Syria) and the women's choir Hanin (Syria).

The event took place on February 10th, 2017 in Berlin in the Festsaal of Berlin's main city hall Rotes Rathaus.

 

With support amongst others from the Prince Claus Fund and the Friends and Supporters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Musical Welcome:

Elegy (for Sadiq and Eman) Piano and Duduk Ziad Hakim & Özgür Ersoy

Welcome & Introduction:

Cora Josting (Ibn Rushd Fund) & Eman Chaker Al-Azm (Sadik J. Al-Azm Foundation for Culture & Education)

Greetings:

Fariba Derakshani (Prince Claus Fund)

Sadiq Al-Azm - inspiring the Future beyond his own

Sumaya Al-Azm

Musical Interlude: Adieu mon Coeur and Je ne regrette rien (Edith Piaf)

Catherine LeCorre & Ziad Hakim

Recollections Along my Father's Journey (E)

Prof. Ivan Al-Azm

Sadiq's work & its significance in Europe (D)

Prof. Werner Ende

Sadiq and the Ibn Rushd Fund (Arabic)

Nabil Bushnaq (Founder of Ibn Rushd Fund)

Musical Interlude: Composition on Sufi Poetry

Bachar Zarkan, Voice / Oud

Musical Interlude: Syrian Folk Song

Hanin Choir of Syrian Women

Mahmoud Darwich's The Dice Player (Arabic/English)

Introduction and arrangement by Prof. Khaled Hroub

Memorial Speech for Sadiq Al-Azm (English)

Dr. Carsten Wieland (Auswärtiges Amt)

Musical Interlude: Yabanci

Ziad Hakim & Özgür Ersoy, Piano and Duduk

Sadiq's texts - a companion from Beirut to Berlin (Arabic)

Fadia Foda (Ibn Rushd Fund)

Sadiq Al-Azm and the Syrian revolution (Arabic)

Mohammed Chawich (Syrian Writers' Association)

Musical Farewell: Composition for Sadiq

Nasir Chamma, Oud

Pictures from the Al-Azm Memorial in Berlin. Ⓒ Ibn Rushd Fund & Constanze Josting

 

Pictures from the Al-Azm Memorial in Berlin. Ⓒ Manfred Wolf