Reflections

Reflections

Critique as reception: Can there be an objective study of Contemporary Arab Thought?

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In Iran a space of possibility has opened up; for eleven weeks now, people, above all women, have taken to the streets and, at the risk of their lives, keep this space open. Under the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” (zan, zendegī, āzādī), the protests have developed an unprecedented dynamic that has already brought about profound changes, even though the regime is still standing, changes that might even justify the notion of a feminist revolution. How can one explain this absolute collective will of the movement, what is the significance of the pioneering roles of women and young people in it, what holds this movement together, and how can its global political dimension be reflected conceptually?

Reflections

Revolt as space of possibility

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In Iran a space of possibility has opened up; for eleven weeks now, people, above all women, have taken to the streets and, at the risk of their lives, keep this space open. Under the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” (zan, zendegī, āzādī), the protests have developed an unprecedented dynamic that has already brought about profound changes, even though the regime is still standing, changes that might even justify the notion of a feminist revolution. How can one explain this absolute collective will of the movement, what is the significance of the pioneering roles of women and young people in it, what holds this movement together, and how can its global political dimension be reflected conceptually?

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Study on Islam and its Contemporary Significance

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The as yet unpublished work “Studie über den Islam und seine gegenwärtige Bedeutung” (Study on Islam and its Contemporary Significance) , written by the Syrian philosopher Nayef Ballouz is now available as vol. 3 of the book series “Philosophy in the Modern Middle East” (Berlin: de Gruyter October 2021). Originally written in the 1980s the work is now accessible in the German translation by Alexander Flores.