Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

Members of the Jury of Ibn Rushd Prize 2014

The Ibn Rushd Fund procedure for determining the Ibn Rushd Award winner:

After a period of public nomination (each person may nominate one other  person) all valid nominations, including information about the candidates are forewarded by the Fund to an independent jury for review.

The jury consists of 3-5 persons, women and men, from different Arab countries.
The members of the jury are elected by the Executive Board and Advisory Board of the Ibn Rushd Fund for their specific knowledge and expertise.

The jury receive all contact details of the other jury members to allow an interaction with each other, which is optional.

Each member selects his or her three favourites from the list of candidates, each of who gets points for first, second and third placement.
First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place 1 point.

If no single candidate receives the vote of all members of the jury, the winner is selected by point victory.
In case two or more candidates have got same number of points, the board of the Ibn Rushd Fund decides the winner.


Members of the Jury 2014


Abdelwahab El-Affendi
Abdelwahab El-Affendi is a Reader in Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and coordinator of the Centre's Democracy and Islam Programme. He was also  ESRC/AHRC Fellow in the RCUK Global Uncertainties Programme and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge (2010-2012). His most recent books include: Darfur: A Decade in Crisis (2013), About Muhammad: The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam (2011), Who Needs an Islamic State? (2008). He is also co-author of the Arab Human Development Report (2004), and the report Contextualizing Islam in Britain (2009-2012). Dr.. El-Affendi also worked as a pilot (1976-1981), a magazine editor (1982-1989), and diplomat (1990-1997).

Toujan al-Faisal
Toujan al-Faisal is a human rights activist, born in Jordan in 1948.  She was a TV journalist and Jordan's first female Member of Parliament, serving from 1993 to 1997 in the first parliament after martial law was lifted and before a rate/quota for Women participation was established.
Al-Faisal has a Baccalaureate and MA in English Literature from the University of Jordan. She was facilitator and programme manager of talk shows and documentary and cultural films in Jordan TV and director of media development for eleven years (1971-1982) and also taught English at al-Ahliyya Amman University and the University of Philadelphia for two years.
Toujan was Head of Social Media and media advisor to the Ministry of Social Development.
She is the author of several books and a political analysis, including "The School we want", 1984; abuse of children in "Doing Damage/Harming Children", 1985; towards the change of Laws concerning marital/civilian status, on so-called honor killings, 1989.  She writes political articles in the local and Arab newspapers regularly since 1990. She currently lives in Amman, Jordan.

Hassan Hanafi
Hassan Hanafi Hassanien, born in 1935, Cairo/Egypt, Ph.D. in philosophy, 1966 la Sorbonne, Paris, Professor of philosophy, Cairo university, Secretary General of the Egyptian Philosophical society since 1976, Vice-president of the Arab philosophical society since 1983. Author of 30 books in different languages: French, English, Arabic. The author of huge project Tradition and Modernism based on three fronts: 1- The Reconstruction of Islamic classical sciences: Theology, philosophy, Jurisprudence, mysticism and scriptural sciences. II- The foundation of the Science of Occidentalism to study the West. III- Theory of Reality as Hermeneutics.
Books (e.g.) Les méthodes d’exégèse, L’exégèse de la phenomenology, la Phénoménologie de l’exégèse, Islam in the modern world, 2 vols. Cultures and Civilizations, conflict or Dialogue?  2 vols., The anguish of the scholar and the citizen, 2 vols., The generations dialogue, From dogma to revolution, 5 vols., Introduction to Occidentlism, Religion, culture and politics in the Arab world, From transfer to creativity, 9 vols., From Text to Reality, 2 vols., The Besiege of Time, 2 vols., Fichte, philosopher of Resistance, From Manhattan to Baghdad, Roots of Authoritarianism and Horizons of Freedom, Bergson, Philosopher of Life & Mohammad Iqbal, Philosopher of Subjectivity).
Habib Abdulrab Sarori
Habib Abdulrab Sarori was born in Aden, Yemen, in 1956. He pursued higher studies in France, obtaining a Master degree in Informatics from the University of Paris 6 in 1983, followed by a PhD from the University of Rouen in 1987. He is a professor of computer science at the University of Rouen, France, since 1992.
Abdulrab has published literary works in both French and Arabic. His novel La reine étripée was published in 2000. His most recent publications being his book “La imama siwa al-aql” (Riyad al Rayes) and his novel “Ibnat Soslov” (Dar al Saqi), 2014. He has also written short stories and over 95 articles in French, English and Arabic since 1988.