Convening 5 May 2015
Mohammed Abed Al Jabri and the Future of the Arab World. Islam, State and Modernity

International Study Day
Mohammed Abed Al Jabri and the Future of the Arab World
Islam, State and Modernity

5 May 2015
LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome
Viale Romania 32, 00197 Rome, Italy
Room 405 morning/AT03 afternoon, 08:30-18:30

The Moroccan philosopher Mohammed Abed Al Jabri (27 Dec. 1935 – 03 May 2010) has marked contemporary Arab and Islamic thought with his voluminous works of categorizing and systematizing the tradition. His approach has great impact on the study of Arab-Islamic traditions. Current and future generations have either to study Al Jabri and build on his projects, or give solid arguments as to why not doing so. As one of the early postcolonial Arab philosophers, Al Jabri raised critical issues that he considered existential for intellectual and political renewal in the region. Unlike apologetics or rejectionists of the tradition, the neo-rationalist, and neo-Averroist, opted for a mid-position to practice “critique” for renewal “from within.”

On the occasion of commemorating his fifth anniversary (d. 3 May 2010), and in the light of the ongoing political events of the Arab Spring, this conference examines especially the following issues:
• Arab Reason: Past, Present, and Future
• Arab-Islamic Political Thought
• Arab-Islamic Ethical Thought
• Religion and Politics: State Formation and Democracy
• Human Rights and the Public Good
• Education for Arab Renewal
• The Arab revolts in Al Jabri’s Thought



08:30 – 09:00 am – Registration

09:00 Opening Session: The Legacy of Al Jabri in Arab-Islamic Thought (Room 405)

Chair and Introduction: Francesca Corrao
Massimo Egidi, Rector LUISS
Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador of Morocco in Italy
Zaid Eyadat, Vice-dean of International Relations Faculty at the University of Jordan,  and Chairman of the Board in ARDD organization

09:30 – Abdallah Saaf, title forthcoming (with thranslation)

10:00 – Abdou Filali-Ansari, “Intellectual Traditions in Muslim Contexts”

10:20 – Sebastiano Maffettone, “The Legacy of Al-Jabri and Arab Political Theory Today”


11:00-11:15 Coffee Break


Session I – Room 405
Al Jabri and the Process of Democratization from Within

11:15 – Chair and Introduction: Zaid Eyadat
“Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and Ethics in Arab-Islamic Thought: Then What?”

11:40 – Fred Dallmayr, “No Spring but Many Seasons: Al-Jabri on Islamic Democracy”

12:00 – Mohsine El Ahmadi, “Religion and State in the Mind of Mohammed Abed al-Jabiri”

12:20 – Sonja Hegasy, “Dare to know – What Mohamed Abed al-Jabri Tells Arab Societies Today?”

12:40 Mohammed Hashas, “Al-Jabri’s Political Idea of the Historical Block as a Public Good for a Renewed Arab Ethical Reason”


13:30 – 14:30- Lunch


Session II –  Room AT03
Al Jabri’s Historicism for a Modern Reading of the Tradition

14:30- Chair and Introduction: Abdul Karim Barghouti
“Arabs of the Pre-Islamic Mission: Between Critique of the Arab Mind and Critique of the  Critique of the Arab Mind”

14:50 – Massimo Campanini, “Mohammed al-Jabri, Abdallah Laroui and Ibn Khaldun: for an Ontology of Modernity”

15:10 – Juan A. Macías Amoretti, “Reforming the Reform: Al-Jabris’ Critical Approach to Contemporary Arab Political Processes”

15:30 – Idriss Jebari, “An Intellectual between the Maghreb and the Mashreq: on the Location of Thought”

15:45 – Kinira Carbone, “The Arab Reader by M. A. Al-Jabri”



16:00 Session III – Room AT03
Revisiting Sharia Objectives for Renewal

Chair and Introduction: Samar Muhareb

16:15 – Daanish Faruqi, “Reconstructing Arabic Reason on its Higher Objectives: The Place of Maqāṣid al-Sharī‘ah in the thought of Muḥammad ‘Ābed al-Jābirī”

16:30 – Mariangela Laviano,  “Muḥammad ‘Ābid al-Ǧābirī and the Presentation of the Qur’ān”

16:45- Francesco Alicino, “Muḥammad Abed Al Jabri and the Place of Religion: Knocking on the Secular State and Human Rights”

17:00 – Mohamed Amine Brahimi, “The Occulted Author: Bibliometric Analysis of Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri in French and American Scholarship between 1994 and 2014”



17:30 – 18:30 Roundtable: Pathways for Political Pluralism in the Arab World

Chair and Introduction: Giancarlo Bosetti

Participants: Abdellah Redouane, Valentina Gentile, Cenap Aydin, Fred Dallmayr, Filali-Ansary, Zaid Eyadat

Concluding remarks:  Francesca Corrao


Corrao Francesca, chair of Arabic Studies and director of MISLAM Master, LUISS Guido Carli

Eyadat Zaid, Vice-dean of IR Faculty at the University of Jordan, and Chairman of the Board in ARDD organization; and Samar Muhareb, Director of ARDD Organization.

Bosetti Giancarlo, director of Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations

Hashas Mohammed, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, LUISS Guido Carli

Moroccan Embassy in Rome

Abouyoub Hassan, Ambassador of Morocco in Italy
Campanini Massimo, Trento University, Italy
Dallmayr Fred, Notre Dame University, USA
Eyadat Zaid, University of Jordan
Filali Ansari Abdu, Aga Khan University, London, UK
Maffettone Sebastiano, LUISS University, Italy
Saaf Abdallah, Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco

Participating scholars:
Alicino Francesco (Lum Jean Monnet University in Bari), Amoretti Juan Macías (University of Granada), Aydin Cenap (Tevere Institute for Dialogue, Rome), Faruqi Daanish (Duke University, USA), Barghouti Abdul Karim (Birzeit University), Brahimi Mohamed Amine (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)), Carbone Kinira Monica (LUISS University), Decaro Carmela (LUISS University), El Ahmadi Mohsine (Qadi Ayyad University of Marrakech), El-Jaichi Saer (Copenhagen University), Gentile Valentina (LUISS University), Hegasy Sonja (Zentrum Moderner Orient ZMO, Berlin), Jebari Idriss (University of Oxford), Laviano Mariangela (PISAI, Rome), Muhareb Samar (ARDD-Legal Aid, Jordan), Redouane Abdellah (Secretary General of the Islamic Cultural Center of Rome)


Attendance is open and free but registration is required for space management. Please write to Odetta Pizzingrilli, assistant of professor Francesca Corrao, chair of Arab-Islamic Studies and director of MISLAM Master Programme in LUISS:



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