Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

6th June 2018: Ibn Rushd Lecture with Tarek Aziza: Discourse strategies of Islamist Movements

In his talk within the framework of Ibn Rushd Lectures, Tarek Aziza takes a closer look at Discourse strategies of Islamist Movements. What is the relationship between political projects and authoritarian ambitions of the Islamist movements and religion? Aziza argues that, in order to impose their political projects on people, the Islamist movements give them a religious countenance, claiming that they are derived from the religious scriptures. However, most of their theoretical principles are based on the heritage of certain scholars who wrote in a well-defined historical context - the one in which they lived. Thus, these principles merely reflect the views and legal interpretations of certain idividuals and may even be based on strong interests, and therefore cannot claim the same liability as religious writings. Aziza seeks to clarify this by highlighting the political and historical dimensions of this heritage that have nothing to do with religion, and argues that Islamist movements use the power religion has over believers to, via this detour, influence their political decisions. 

The aim of such an argument is to confront those who politicize religion and turn it into a political project. Politics is the ever new result of constant change, while religion is characterized by immutability in its definitions and foundations of knowledge. How can religion, as someting essentially static, offer a program and solutions to issues and problematics associated with a constantly changing and renewing practical and theoretical field such as politics?


Tariq Aziza is a Syrian writer born in Latakia 1982. He holds a law degree (University of Damascus 2006).  He is also a researcher at the Center for the study of Democratic Republic and writes in many newspapers, magazines, websites and research centers.  He was a professor of modern history at the French Institute of the Near East-IFPO "in Beirut until the end of 2014. 
“Secularism” (2014). “ Nosra Front   for  the People of Sham” (2013),  “The  Strategy of  Despotism´s Authority in  the Face of the Syrian Revolution”( 2014). ).  Also, he participated in writing a book titled “Yassin Al Hafiz: A Contemporary Perspective” (2015). 

Lecture in Arabic without translation. Questions and contributions to the discussion are also possible in German and English, we will translate as best as we can.


When? Wednesday June 6th 2018 at 7 pm

Where? Helle Panke, Kopenhagener Straße 9, 10437 Berlin, nahe S/U-Bhf Schönhauser Allee,