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Education and Degrees:
 
1949-1953         Gerard Institute High School, Sidon, Lebanon
                         High School Diploma
 
1953-1957         American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
                         B.A. (With Distinction), Major Field: Philosophy
 
1957-1961         Yale University Graduate School, New Haven, Connecticut
1959                 M.A., Major Field: Philosophy
1961                 Ph.D., Major Field: Philosophy
 
 
Awards and Honours
 
2004                   Erasmus Prize, Amsterdam
 
2004                   Dr. Leopold Lucas Prize, Universität Tübingen
 
2005                   Doctor honoris causa, Universität Hamburg
 
2013                   Mahmoud Darwish Award for Creativity, Ramallah
 
2014                   Goethe Medal, Weimar
 
 
 
Academic Career
 
1960-1961         Assistant in Instruction, Department of Philosophy, Yale University
 
1961-1962         Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Hunter College, New York City
 
1962-1963         Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, The University of Damascus
 

1963-1967         Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, American University of Beirut

 

1967-1968         Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies Program, American University of Beirut

 

1965-1968         Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Beirut College for Women

 

1968-1969         Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, The University of Jordan

 

1969-1976         Editor of Arab Studies Review, Writer, Lecturer and Critic

 

1977-1999         Professor, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Damascus

 

1988-1992         Visiting Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University

 

1990-1991         Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

 

1992-1993         Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

 

1994-1995         Visiting Professor, Karl Jaspers Vorlesungen zu Fragen der Zeit, Universität Oldenburg

 

1995-1999         Chairman, Department of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Damascus

 

2003-2004         Teaching Chair, University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp

 

2004-2005         Visiting Professor, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hmburg

 

2005                   Visiting Professor, LüneburgLectures, Universität Lüneburg

 

2005-2008         Visiting Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University

 

2006-2007         Scholar in Residence, NIAS Wassenaar, Netherlands

 

2009-2010         Harry C. Payne Visiting Professor, Williams College, Williamstown

 

2011-2012         Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“, Universität Bonn

 

2012-2013         Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

 

2013-2014         Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

 

2014-2015         Visiting Professor, Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University

 

2015-2016         Visiting Fellow, Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

 

 

Bibliography:

 

Books

1967                   Kant's Theory of Time. New York, Philosophical Library.

1972                   The Origins of Kant's Arguments in the Antinomies. Oxford, Clarendon/Oxford University Press.

1993                   Unbehagen in der Moderne. Aufklärung im Islam. Ed. by Kai-Henning Gerlach, Frankfurt,                           Fischer Verlag 1993 ISBN 3-596-11578-7.

1980                   Four Philosophical Essays. Damascus, Damascus University Publications.

1992                   The Mental Taboo: Salman Rushdie and the Truth Within Literature. London, Riad El-                                 Rayess Books.

1995                   Mot Hevdvnne Sannheter: Et Korrektiv Til Oppfatninger og Islam of Muslimer. Oslo,                                 J.W. Cappelen Forlag, 1995.

1995                   Upplysning är inte upplösning : Rabelais, Joyce, Rushdie och den stridsglada                                           moderniteten. Svenska Rushdiekommitten, Stockholm, 1995.

1996                   Kritik op Godsdienst en Wetenschap. Amsterdam, El Hizjra 1996 ISBN 978-9-073697-09-6.

2002                   L’Illuminismo Islamico: Il Disagio della Civilta. Di Renzo Editore, Rome, 2001 (2nd                                   edition 2002).

2002                   The Satanic Verses Reconsidered. Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku                                     University, Sendai, 2002.

2004                   Islam und säkularer Humanismus (Islam and Secular Humanism). Tübingen: Mohr                                   Siebeck, 2005 ISBN 3-16-148527-0.

2011                   Self-Criticism After the Defeat. Saqi Books. London.

2013                   Secularism, Fundamentalism, and the Struggle for the Meaning of Islam. (Collected                                 essays in 3 volumes) – Vol. 1: On Fundamentalisms; Vol. 2: Islam – Submission and                               Disobedience; Vol. 3: Is Islam Secularizable? Challenging Political and Religious                                     Taboos. Gerlach Press, Berlin 2013–2014, ISBN 978-3-940924-20-9.

2014                   Critique of Religious Thought. First English Translation of naqd al-fikr ad-dini with a New                           Introduction by the Author. Gerlach Press, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-940924-44-5.

 

Articles

1967                   "Whitehead's Notions of Order and Freedom." The Personalist: International Review of                              Philosophy, Theology and Literature. University of Southern California. No. 48:4, pp                                  579-591.

1968                   "Absolute Space and Kant's First Antinomy of Pure Reason." Kant-Studien University of                           Köln, No. 2, pp 151-164.

1968                   "Kant's Conception of the Noumenon." Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review                                       Queen's University, No. 6:4, pp 516-520.

1973                   "The Palestinian Resistance Movement Reconsidered." The Arabs Today: Alternatives                             for Tomorrow Columbus, Ohio: Forum Associates Inc., pp 121-135.

1974                   „Der Palästinensische Widerstand neu durchdacht.“ Die Dritte Welt, Jahrgang 3, No.                                 1&2, 1974, pp 164-178.

1981                   "Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse." Khamsin No. 8, pp 5-26.

1988                   "Palestinian Zionism." Die Welt des Islams, Leiden, No. 28, pp 90-98.

1990/1991          „Salman Rushdies Satanische Verse im Muslimischen Kontext.“ Wissenschaftskolleg zu                           Berlin Jahrbuch 1990-1991, Berlin, pp 166-185.

1991                   "The Importance of Being Earnest About Salman Rushdie." Die Welt des Islams 31:1,                               pp 1-49. Reprinted in D.M.Fletcher, Ed. Reading Rushdie: Perspectives on the Fiction of                           Salman Rushdie Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994.

1991                   „Es ist wichtig, ernst zu sein. Über Salman Rushdie“ Lettre International, Berlin, Nr. 13,                              pp 12-21.

1991                   „Der Friedensprozess und die Golfkrise: Ein kritischer Standpunkt.“ Wir sind die Herren                              und ihr seid unsere Schuhputzer! Der Nahe Osten vor und nach dem Golfkrieg, Nobert                             Mattes (ed), Dagyeli Verlag 1991, pp 182-195.

1992                   „Wider den Fundamentalistischen Ungeist.“ Der Islam im Aufbruch? Perspektiven der                               Arabischen Welt, Michael Lüders (ed), R. Piper & Co. Verlag, 1992, pp 246-260.

1992                   „Krieg im Namen Gottes: Dschihad.“ Zeit Magazin No. 4, 17. Jan. 1992, pp 12-20.

1993/1994        "Islamic Fundamentalism Reconsidered: A Critical Outline of Problems, Ideas and                                    Approaches." South Asia Bulletin, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the                              Middle East Part 1:13, pp 93-121, Part 2: 14, pp 73-98.

1994                   "Is the Fatwa a Fatwa?" For Rushdie: Essays by Arab and Muslim Writers in Defense of                          Free Speech. Anouar Abdallah, et al. New York: George Braziller.

1994                   „Quelle Fatwa?“ Pour Rushdie, La Decouverte, Paris 1993. Also in For Rushdie, New                               York, George Braziller, 1994.

1995                   „Die Moschee hat nicht immer recht.“ Die Zeit, 13.01.1995.

1996                   "Is Islam Secularizable?" Jahrbuch fur Philosophie des Forschungsinstituts fur                                          Philosophie.

1996                   „Fundamentalism in Comparison.“ and „The Satanic Verses as a Literary Manifestation.“                           Political Prophets and the World. The Swedish Rushdie Defense Committee, 1996.

1999                   „Westliches Geschichtsdenken aus Arabischer Perspektive.“ Westliches                                                 Geschichtsdenken: Eine interkulturelle Debatte. Jörn Rüsen (ed), Göttingen,                                             Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1999.

1999                   „Sur l’Islam, la Laicité et l’Occident.“ Le Monde Diplomatique, Paris, Septembre 1999.

2000                   "The Satanic Verses Post Festum: The Global, The Local, The Literary." Comparative                                Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 20:1&2.

2000                   "The View from Damascus" New York Review of Books June 15.

2000                   "The View from Damascus, cont'd." New York Review of Books August 10.

2000                   „Syrien und der Friedensprozess.“ Lettre International, Berlin, Winter 2000, pp 33-41.

2002                   "Western Historical Thinking from an Arabian Perspective." in Western Historical                                       Thinking: An Intercultural Debate Edited Jorn Rusen. New York: Berghahn Books.                                     [Original German 1999].

2004                   "Viewpoint: Islam, Terrorism and the West Today." Die Welt Des Islams No. 44:1, pp                                 114-128.

2004                   "Time Out of Joint." Boston Review October/November.

2008                   "Science and Religion, an Uneasy Relationship in the Judeo-Christian-Muslim Heritage."                            Islam and Europe: Challenges and Opportunities. Marie-Claire Foblets, Ed.

2010                   "Farewell, Master of Critical Thought." On the passing of Egyptian intellectual Nasr Abu                             Zayd. http://www.resetdoc.org/story/00000021294

2011                   "Orientalism and Conspiracy." In Orientalism and Conspiracy. Politics and Conspiracy                               Theory in the Islamic World, Edited by Arndt Graf, Schirin Fathi, Paul Ludwig, London, I.                           B. Tauris, pp 3-28.

2011                   "The Arab Spring: 'Why Exactly at this Time?'" originally published in Arabic in Al Tariq                              Quarterly (Beirut) Summer 2011, English translation by Steve Miller in Reason Papers:                              A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies Vol. 33 Fall 2011.