Laroui is considered one of the leading Arab philosophers since the s. His philosophical project has been expressed in books on historicity, history, ideology, liberty, and reason. He has influenced a generation of scholars since his appearance on the Arab intellectual scene in the late s and early s, with a famous first text on modern Arab ideology. He has also written five novels o.
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Laroui is considered one of the leading Arab philosophers since the s. His philosophical project has been expressed in books on historicity, history, ideology, liberty, and reason. He has influenced a generation of scholars since his appearance on the Arab intellectual scene in the late s and early s, with a famous first text on modern Arab ideology.
He has also written five novels o. L'Exil Sindbad-Actes Sud, In he was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for "Cultural Personality of the Year",   the premier category with a prize of 1 million dirhams.
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From time to time, the Moroccan thinker Abdallah Laroui likes to break his silence and throw a stone into the still waters of Arab intellectual life. What he has to say on these occasions often causes amazement more than anything else: after all, it is very difficult to have real debates in the Arab world. In an interview with the Moroccan newspaper "Al-Masaa", Laroui recently defended theocracy, arguing that attempts to make a democratic system take root in the Arab world had failed. Laroui suggested during the interview that it was possible for a religious state and a civil state to co-exist. Laroui is quoted as saying: "The current Arab and international situation means that we have to ask ourselves a delicate question, which, even just a short time ago, would have seemed exagerrated, namely the question of democracy and theocracy or, to use a more Islamic turn of phrase, the question of a just Sharia state". Laroui answers the question as to whether two such contradictory concepts as democracy and theocracy can be compatible, as follows: "Political scientists engage with this concept, at least indirectly, but analysts prefer not to touch it at all, because they think it incompatible with the insights of modern scholarship. But today it emerges that this kind of co-existence is possible.
Laroui, Abdallah (1933–)
He has published extensively in French, Arabic, and English on contemporary Arab ideologies, Islam, modernity, and Maghrebi history. Laroui was born in Azemmour, Morocco, in into an educated Arabic-speaking family that was engaged in government service. He briefly attended Qur'an school and then public school. He studied the ideas of Karl Marx as a historian and a theoretician but not as a prophet. He became interested in the history of the Islamic world and studied contemporary Arabic thought as an independent scholar. He then returned to Morocco where he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Moroccan Intellectual Abdallah Laroui Extolls Importance of Literacy
Rabat — As the Faculty of Art and Humanities of Mohammed V University in Rabat awarded Moroccan historian Abdallah Laroui with a professorial chair, the renowned intellectual accepted the honor by giving a lecture on the modern world on Wednesday, January 8. The professor said that his ideas are controversial, and have never been met with unanimous approval. He affirmed that the students who he taught know that he was always clear about separating his duty as a civil servant, that is, as a history professor, and his work as an intellectual and thinker, engaged in ideological criticism. Laroui confirmed that he never promoted personal ideologies in his classroom. The intellectual underlined that the goal of the chair, newly inaugurated in his name, is not to spread ideologies but rather to study current issues, including the question of the nation-state that is no longer convincing.