Philosophy books sales rise.. A remarkable cultural movement in Saudi Arabia unleashes the mother of science | culture

The Saudi cultural scene is currently witnessing a remarkable philosophical movement, especially with the inauguration of a number of philosophical platforms and the announcement of the Saudi Ministry of Education to develop new curricula that focus on philosophy and critical thinking, which represents an important development for those interested in the mother of sciences.

Some see the current openness to philosophy as an opportunity to deal healthy with fear of it, through open and dialogic communication with philosophical activities and getting to know them closely.

Writer, author and founding member of the Saudi Philosophy Society Tarif Al-Sulaiti says that interest in philosophy is a natural issue, and “indicates an organic development in the cultural movement within the Kingdom. The genres of scientific and creative writing have grown in various fields; Young energies in these fields, and the spread of philosophical discourse came gradually since the mid-2000s through the press and websites, although it had been written about in the Kingdom before that, but in the field of writing and publishing.

years of labor

Al-Sulaiti added, in a statement to Al-Jazeera Net, that the current strong presence of “Umm Al-Uloom” is the culmination of the labors of many years of efforts by activists in the field of philosophy, and groups of young men and women who read philosophical output in the Kingdom or from abroad joined them, “There is no doubt that philosophy has Its attractiveness is in attracting new readers because it addresses important and vital questions that concern many readers and those interested.

Al-Sulaiti says that interest in philosophy indicates the development of cultural life in Saudi Arabia (Al-Jazeera)

He points out that this historical moment of philosophical activity does not serve the philosophical discourse alone, but rather is synergistic with the philosophy of religion, art, economics, and history, adding, “We are experiencing the height of this activity at the present time, and its goal is to develop in the Saudi cultural movement, which is a matter that has its returns.” The great one that will nourish Arab culture for generations to come.”

The Saudi writer and author talks about the relationship of the cultural elites in Saudi Arabia with philosophy, saying, “There are elites who are interested in philosophy and if they do not write about it, many of them encounter philosophical writings in their literary, religious and historical readings.”

He continues by saying, “It is not surprising that they support such support for philosophical activity because they realize its importance in deepening scientific research and developing various discourses in the aforementioned fields, given their previous philosophical readings and their experience with the philosophical text. As for universities and academies, they have not yet begun to teach philosophy, and this is what I hope to achieve soon.” .

The future of philosophy

Al-Sulaiti comments on the rise in philosophical book sales in Saudi Arabia, stressing that it bodes well and gives rise to optimism for the future of philosophy in Saudi Arabia. Contemporary Arab philosophy, as it was in Egypt and then the Maghreb, and now the role of the Kingdom and the Gulf has come, with what it represents of an influential weight on the Arab world,” he said.

Al-Sulaiti also hoped that this demand for the philosophical book would have positive future results in generating new creative names in philosophy, β€œtexts generate texts as everyone realizes.”

** Interior ** Khaled Al-Ghanami says that the kingdom is approaching a scientific and philosophical renaissance that is slowly taking shape (Al-Jazeera)
Al-Ghanami says that the kingdom is approaching a scientific and philosophical renaissance that is slowly taking shape (Al-Jazeera)

For his part, the Saudi writer, translator and researcher in religions and philosophy Khaled Al-Ghanami says that philosophy has recently begun to take a place in Saudi cultural life, referring to the efforts made by the Philosophical Society (the Philosophy Society), whose establishment was announced by individual efforts in 2020 in partnership with a group A person interested in philosophy.

Al-Ghanami explains, in a statement to Al-Jazeera Net, that the Philosophical Society is the first philosophical society in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is concerned with the philosophical affairs in the country and seeks to enable those interested in philosophical affairs to participate in the public community, considering that this society is one of the main reasons for the spread of philosophy in the Kingdom and has become Its activities, including lectures and seminars, are widely followed by thousands of people.

He points out that before announcing the official establishment of the Philosophy Society in Saudi Arabia, there was an organization of some lectures on philosophy, and attendance in them was limited to a very limited number. to inquire, acquire philosophical books, and read; This would be a slow, gradual transition on their part to take an interest in philosophy.

scientific renaissance

Al-Ghanami explains that the Saudis are known for their love of reading, and the best evidence of that success and the large sales volume that the Riyadh Book Fair achieves annually, stressing that the new generation of young people has a great eagerness to learn about all sciences, especially philosophy, which is something that calls for optimism.

According to the Saudi author and translator, the Kingdom is in the process of a scientific and philosophical renaissance that is slowly taking shape due to the nature of Saudi society, which is characterized by its conservative nature and resistance to everything new.

Al-Ghanami points out that Saudi youth circles are not afraid of philosophy or are alienated and disturbed by it, “on the contrary, there is appreciation, respect and a desire for knowledge, and this is the main goal; that a person has a sense of questioning and amazement at his presence, so he asks questions with the aim of wanting knowledge, which is something It is natural to wonder about the purpose of his existence and his purpose in life.”

He points out that questioning and amazement are basic things in human formation and should not be rejected or disturbed, but the strictness of some and their sensitivity to philosophy were behind that concept. A real renaissance.

Al-Ghanami expresses great optimism about the great demand on the part of young people in Saudi Arabia to learn philosophy and its principles, stressing that this would be reflected on social life and human development in general.

The Saudi writer, translator and researcher in religions and philosophy, Khaled Al-Ghanami, called for the study and formal adoption of philosophy education, which contributes to the formation of enlightened elites that multiply and do not isolate themselves from society, but rather integrate with it and contribute to its advancement, especially that the trend in the Kingdom currently supports openness to ideas and freedom of thought.

He expressed his hope for the spread of philosophy and knowledge that calls for enlightenment and questions, and not philosophy based on debate, sophistry and demolition, pointing out that philosophy has contradictory currents and is not seen as a belief or a single idea, but rather contains contradictory and conflicting ideas.