Specters of Ahmad Rubei, the godfather of a generation
The prominent liberal Kuwaiti politician, journalist, and professor's short articles in Arab dailies granted him an influential role
Abu Qutaiba, or Ahmed al-Rubei, is the godfather of many young men and women in the Gulf. He taught an entire generation. He was distinguished with a foresight that rarely failed him.
His study of philosophy made him a harsh critic, and distinguished his approach when analyzing matters. When listening to interviews of intellectuals in Kuwait and other Gulf countries, it is normal when they address the role of Rubei in their development.
The prominent liberal Kuwaiti politician, journalist, and professor's short articles in Arab dailies granted him an influential role. He bravely criticized fundamentalists when they were in power - he did not wait until they were weak to do so.
His intellectual development did not prevent him from changing, and although he participated in resistance by taking part in war, he later resisted with his pen and intellect.
Rubei spoke in rare eloquence and awareness when addressing the fate of the region if it did not confront extremist rhetoric. His words still echo. His ghost and shadow are present among us. Karl Marx passed away in 1883, and around a century later French Philosopher Jacques Derrida wrote “Specters of Marx.” We can do the same about Rubei. Great men do not die.
The prominent liberal Kuwaiti politician, journalist, and professor's short articles in Arab dailies granted him an influential roleTurki Aldakhil
He greatly contributed to enlightenment, either through his university work or in the media. Before his death, he was preparing to present a program for Al Arabiya News Channel. His flame is still burning. It is true that he gave Al-Arabiya channel its name, as his friend Sheikh Walid al-Ibrahim narrates. However he named many things, primarily extremism, before he passed away. God’s mercy be upon you, Abu Qutaiba.
This article was first published in Okaz on July 10, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.
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