"Liberalism in the Arab History of Thought" is part of the successful series "Liberal Texts" which the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) publishes in cooperation with Mahrousa Publishers in Cairo. The 180-page book edited by German scholar Clemens Recker presents some of the most prominent historic thinkers of the Arab world and their ideas on freedom, the rule of law, market economy, secularism, democracy and women’s rights. The editor’s main argument is that these texts clearly show that liberalism is not alien to the Arab world.
Far from being only a contemporary political project, the idea of an
Arab liberalism has deep roots in the region's history of thought and
was once prevalent in the public discourse. The Arab Nahda of the 19th
century embarked upon a reformist path that carried many liberal
ideas, elaborated by Arab intellectuals and thinkers. Aiming to
liberate their societies from foreign and domestic despotisms, Arab
liberals have advocated the supremacy of freedom as both an end in
itself and a way to modernize their countries.
This book presents some of the most prominent historic liberal
thinkers of the Arab world and their ideas on freedom, rule of law,
market economy, secularism, democracy and women's rights and thus
clearly shows that the concept of liberalism is not alien to the Arab
world, but has been dealt with by some of the regions finest minds and
most accomplished writers.
The distinguished reader will notice the different currents of
liberalism in Arab history of thought and the variety of ideas brought
forward by patriots who wanted to give their countries the best there
is - freedom.
Full online text here
Liberalism in the Arab History of Thought
Edited by: Clemens Recker
Published in Cairo in 2010 by Marousha Publishers