Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

Ibn Rushd Lecture: Dr. Mohamed Adel Mtimet - The missing of the idividual in the Arab culture -

– the unmentioned paradox when calling  for democracy in the Arab world:

On July 19th 2016 the Tunisian philosopher Mohamed Adel Mtimet held an Ibn Rushd Lecture with the title, "The absence of the individual in Arab culture – the unmentioned paradox when calling  for democracy in the Arab world"

Does the Arab culture provide the conditions for a life as an individual, or are political and moral individuality a contradiction in terms with Arab culture?

Mtimets central thesis: without autonomy and individualism none of the desired political modernizations are possible, and thus no real democracy.

The Lecture as a document for reading

The lecture has been translated to German (please switch to the German webpage) but is also available in the Arabic original for further reading. Please click on one of the two icons to get the lecture in Arabic.

See the link below. copy right WDR

Opens external link in new windowWDR Al Saut Al Arabi - Mtimet.

Please go to the podcast from July 19th. Minutes 11:35 to 17:40

If the Link does not work, you can download the interview here: Initiates file downloadINTERVIEW

Dr. Mohamed Adel Mtimet

Dr Mohamed Adel Mtimet is professor of philosophy and intellectual history at the University of Gabès, Tunisia. His work focuses on the history of political thought and ideas. Among his many publications there are some in German, such as “Dialogische Intelligenz”. “Aus dem Käfig des Gedachten in den Kosmos des gemeinsamen Denkens”, Frankfurt, Nov., 2015 (≈Dialogic Intelligence. From the Cage of Thoughts thought to the Cosmos of a Common Thinking).

The event was held in cooperation with the Opens external link in new windowInstitute Dialog Transnational.

Lecture in Arabic held at Opens external link in new windowLettrétage Berlin.

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