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The Philosophy Conference... A Saudi Renaissance Movement

The Philosophy Conference… A Saudi Renaissance Movement

The Arab world was not the source of the connection to philosophy, its affairs and its afflictions, and the Arabian Peninsula was not far from the field of transmitting cultures and philosophical sciences since ancient times, as it was a cultural bridge to link the Arab world with the rest of the world. He described the invitation of the most important philosophers around the world to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during the past few days, as an event that had a great impact that went beyond its borders to the rest of the world.
Over the course of 3 days, the first international conference of its kind to be held in Saudi Arabia was held in Riyadh, launched by the Literature, Publishing and Translation Authority, with the participation of thinkers and institutions from different countries of the world.
Perhaps the first question that intersects with talking about philosophy for many is: “What are the implications of this conference, and at this time?”
It is not possible to give an answer without looking at the meaning and structure of the act of philosophy, which revolves around the search for wisdom, while the philosopher remains a lover of wisdom through time and space.
That the Kingdom hold an international conference on philosophy that revolves around the foundations of the unexpected and many important issues such as philosophy in Islam, how to deal with individual privacy in our modern world, and issues of a sample that Islamic philosophy has gone beyond just being a philosophy, means that there is a mental renaissance movement, and a cumulative cognitive building, all of which are The civilized balance of the Kingdom has been disrupted over the past generations and centuries, re-wiping the dust from it, and ushering in a new phase that is consistent with the country’s renaissance and enlightenment 2030 vision.
A few years ago, philosophy was almost absent from the cultural scene in Saudi Arabia, not to mention its lack of influence in educational contexts.
However, a year ago, the first licensed philosophical society was established in the history of Saudi Arabia, and the news met with a wide response on social media, and everyone welcomed the constructive intellectual action, especially since philosophy teaches us to ask questions, which are usually more important than answers, because the latter leads us in One direction, while the first seeks us in the vast cosmic horizons.
The Kingdom’s intellectual reality today can be expressed by borrowing some words from the opening of the conference by Dr. Muhammad Hassan Alwan, CEO of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Authority, in which he considered that “Saudi Arabia is one of the most changing countries in the world, and no country can match it in the speed of the renaissance movement, which is what will be It has different philosophical, intellectual and cultural implications.
One may wonder, sincerely searching for the question, and searching for the answer: “Is there real enmity between Islam and philosophy?”
Witness that many Muslim philosophers have set out in the field of philosophy through Qur’anic texts urging the use of reason in order to acquire knowledge, and what many Qur’anic actions that seek in the way of researching the universe and its verses, such as “Do you not comprehend”, “Do you not think”, “For a people?” They make sense,” to the last similar calls.
Abu Yusuf Yaqoub bin Ishaq al-Kindi tells us about philosophy as “the science of things with their realities as much as human power, because the philosopher’s goal in his knowledge is to strike the truth, and in his work is to work with the truth.” Al-Kindi was the first of the Muslim Peripatetic philosophers. He is also known for his efforts in introducing Arabs and Muslims to ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophy.
And the witness is that we do not go beyond the reality in exaggeration if we say that Western civilization owes a large part of its progress to Arab philosophers who presented the Arabized Greek heritage to the Western incubators, which knew how to complete the process of investigation and mental scrutiny, and then touched the philosophy of lights, and began its era with modernity, and left it behind Paths of darkness and mental darkness.
How can one read the names of al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Bajja, Ibn Rushd, al-Idrisi, Ibn al-Nafis, Ibn al-Haytham, all the way to Ibn Hazm and al-Ghazali, to realize the long history of Arabs and Muslims in the world of philosophy, and indeed that certain philosophical groups have arisen and advanced in the Arab world , as is the case with the Ikhwan al-Safa group, whether we agree with them or separate from them, and they have taken Basra as their location and position, and have tried to reconcile Islamic beliefs with philosophical facts known in the third century AH, tenth century AD.
One of the most important progressive scenes in the Riyadh Philosophy Conference is his daring to hope, by looking at children as philosophers of the future. The American philosopher Christopher Phillips, who participated in the conference, pointed out the importance of providing children with an opportunity and emphasizing that they should lead in many areas, which is what the conference management did. By allocating a place for families and children to stimulate their ability to read and philosophical thinking and arranging dedicated workshops for them.
It is no secret that the future begins today, and that the critical mind, with which the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant paused, is the key to dealing with a rapidly changing world.
The Riyadh conference is a window to a new thinking worthy of “Vision 2030”.

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