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Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Fahad Shoqiran is a Saudi writer and researcher who also founded the Riyadh philosophers group. His writings have appeared in pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Alarabiya.net, among others. He also blogs on philosophies, cultures and arts. He tweets @shoqiran.

Debate over intellectual freedoms and rights in Saudi Arabia

The Riyadh Book Fair has reflected modern social phenomena, stirred debate among different movements and created a social, intellectual and media frenzy for over a decade and a half. The debate in...

The loudness of our cities and the havoc of technology

Every now and then I make sure to pay a visit to a teacher whom I’ve known for a long time. His library is diverse and exhaustive, but the books are in bad condition, as they have been borrowed...

Interfaith conference: Opportunities for dialogue and challenges of conflict

In September 2006, Pope Benedict XVI sparked a fierce media war between Christians and Muslims when during a visit to Germany, he described Islam “as a religion not constrained by...

Jabri’s ‘rationalism’ as a flawed alternative to ‘secularism’

The concept of secularism has been linked to the Christian tradition itself, not only on the fundamental ideological plane but even at the academic and intellectual levels.The benefits of...

On changing the understanding of political secularism

The concept of the state in Islamic heritage has been one of the most contentious issues greatly preoccupying the minds of our thinkers.However, this concern has not led to the development of an...

How the rapid pace of life calls for renewed change

It’s said that a man once headed to Mecca to perform pilgrimage, and he violated some details so he called a sheikh he knows for a fatwa (religious edict). He demanded a strict fatwa that...

Religious discourse and the diagnosis of Sahwa

On 7 October 1993, a royal decree was issued for the establishment of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia, with its full nomenclature being The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments,...

The ‘impossible state’ and challenges of modernity

With the wave of changes taking place in Iran, the decline of the ISIS, and the prospects of al-Qaeda’s return, questions about the religious state and its relations to ethics and modernity have...