Arab writers in Sana’a pay tributes to Ibn Khaldun [Archives:2006/967/Local News]

July 27 2006

SANA'A, July 26 ) As part of the Arab Writers Union (AWU) symposium scheduled to take place July 29 in Yemen's capital city, participants from 18 Arab countries are due to pay tributes to the Great Arab Thinker Ibn Khaldun on the 600-year anniversary of his death.

“The current symposium, involving several brilliant Arab researchers, writers and thinkers, is due to discuss five themes, the first of which will focus on Ibn Khaldun's biography, era and his trips to the east and west,” said Ms. Huda Belal, Secretary-General of Yemeni Writhers Union (YWU).

According to Belal, the second of the themes is devoted to discussing Ibn Khaldun's curriculum of history and critical research while the third theme will concentrate on Ibn Khaldun's political thinking. Themes No. 4 and 5 are due be discussions of Ibn Khaldun as a leading sociologist, the Science of Construction, as well as his literary forms.

Following family tradition, Ibn Khald?n strove for a political career. In the face of a constantly changing political situation in contemporary North Africa, this required a high degree of skill, developing alliances and dropping them appropriately, to avoid being sucked under by the demise of rulers who, at times, held power only briefly. Ibn Khald?n's autobiography, in which he spends time in prison, gains the highest offices and enters exile, at times reads like an adventure story, according to Wikipedia of the Arab Sociologist.

Mohamed Al-Gharbi Emran, who chairs the symposium's organizing committee, clarified that Arab writers and artists are to discuss several issues in the region, such as the Israeli aggression against Lebanon and Palestine. Also, they plan to debate the US support for Israel and the targeting of Syria and they stand in solidarity with the Arab states that face international challenges.

Emran pointed out that the meetings' agenda will include discussions of issues related to protection of Arab thinkers and the exchange of publications and translation services between Arab countries.

He mentioned that Arab writers are to conclude their conference with a statement demonstrating their stance toward the above-said issues, in addition to assigning roles to writers to uphold issues of the Islamic nation.