Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

Ibn Rushd Prizes

is announced to be awarded to
a person who considers a modern Islam a pillar of civil society and at the same time, be it through theoretical work or political practice, fosters  the establishment of a modern Arabic state.

is announced to be awarded to
a singer, songwriter, or band whose songs deal with the quest for freedom, civil rights, and democracy, and call for implementing these

is announced to be awarded to

a young activist of the Arab Spring, who peacefully fights for a democratic state.

The prize was announced to be awarded to

a woman journalist who actively and courageously contributes to fostering Freedom of Thought in the Arab world.

was announced to be awarded to:

a webblogger, a person (natural or juristic, a real person or an entity/group), who distributes his or her own content or provides an internet-platform for the purpose of freedom of thought by using the internet and thus fundamentally enriches the open discussion of socio-political topics and contributes to advancing public discourse.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab expert of economy who has - either in theory or in practice - tackled in his/her work the problems of economical development in the Arab World.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab author of a study analyzing the failure of Arab enlightenment.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab film maker (cinema or TV), who has dedicated himself/herself to freedom and democracy and has tackled the problems of social and political taboos through his/her works, critically investigating related phenomena and practices from a new perspective.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
a politically committed Arab woman who has rendered outstanding services to freedom of thought, equal rights and democracy in the Arab world.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab scholar of Islam who strives for a fundamental reform of Islamic thought, and who works towards a reapprochement between Islamic tradition and modernity.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab author who has enriched modern engaged literature with outstanding writing by recognising the mood of the times he compels his Arab readers to have a critical look at the problems of their time, heightening their awareness and encouraging them to shape their environment actively.

The prize was announced to be awarded to
an Arab thinker and professor who has rendered outstanding services in the field of enlightenment, who has offered through his theoretical work a genuinely Arab guide to reason finding new perspectives for the present and future whilst preserving the dialogue between tradition and modernity.