Mohamed Habib Marzouki

Mohamed Habib Marzouki (Arabic: محمد الحبيب المرزوقي; also, Abu Yaareb al-Marzouki and Abou Yaareb al-Marzouki; born 29 March 1947) is a Tunisian academic, philosopher and translator. Along with intellectual work, he involved in politics for a short time following the Jasmine revolution. However, by the time he resigned, he declared his intention to step out of political work for good and count on writing to incite social change.[1]


Mohamed al-Habib al-Marzouki
محمد الحبيب المرزوقي
Abou Yaareb Marzouki, Tunisia 2012.jpg
Mohamed Habib Marzouki in 2012
Born (1947-03-29) March 29, 1947 (age 74)
Other namesAbu Yaareb al-Marzouki
Academic background
Alma materSorbonne University
Thesis (1972)
Academic work
Main interests

A central theme of Marzouki's thought is reconciling, or even unifying,[2] philosophy and religion. According to him, ending the conflict between philosophy and religion (or Islam in particular), which he believes is an ancient one, is the only possible way to bring about actual reform in the Islamic world in particular, and the world in general.[3] To achieve the "civilizational revival of the Islamic nation, he argues, Muslim nations must overcome the ideas of Arabic Renaissance so that they can resume what he calls their current civilizational mission in the context of globalization, holding that "without strong and independent economies and serious ethics of work, social growth may remain a wishful thinking".[4]

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Ferryville, French Protectorate of Tunisia. The thirteenth in a family of fifteen children, he obtained a philosophy degree at the Sorbonne University in 1972. He taught at the University of Tunis between 1980 and 2006 and at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.[5]

Political careerEdit

He was elected to the Constituent Assembly as a representative of the Islamist party Ennahda for the district of Tunis on 23 October 2011, and was subsequently appointed advisor, with cabinet rank, to the Culture and the Education ministers. He later resigned from the assembly on 6 March 2013, and returned to teaching philosophy.[6] Upon retirement, he left a bitter note to conclude his experience in which he accused Ennahda, then-governing party, of nepotism and exploiting power as if it were a "spoil of war".[7]


Own worksEdit

  1. — (1994). Isla'h al-'Aql fi al-Falsafah al-'Arabiyyah: Min waqi'iyyat Aflatun wa Aristo Ila Ismiyyat Ibn Taymiyyah wa Ibn Khaldun إصلاح العقل في الفلسفة العربية: من واقعية أفلاطون وأرسطو إلى اسمية ابن تيمية وابن خلدون [Reformation of Reason in Arabic Philosophy: from the Realism of Plato and Aristotle to the Nominalism of Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Khaldun]. Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies. OCLC 34184057.
  2. — (2000). Fi al-'Ilaqah bayna al-Shi'ir al-Mutlaq wa al-I'ijaz al-Qur'ani في العلاقة بين الشعر المطلق والإعجاز القرآني [On the Relationship between Absolute Poetry and the Quranic Miracle]. Beirut: Dar al-Taliaa.
  3. — (2001). Tajalliyat al-Falsafah al-'Arabiyyah تجليات الفلسفة العربية [Manifestations of Arabic Philosophy]. Damascus: Dar al-Fikr. ISBN 1575479605.
  4. — (2001). Wi'hdat al-Fikrayn al-Dini wa al-Falsafi وحدة الفكرين الديني والفلسفي [Unity of Philosophical and Religious thoughts]. Damascus; Beirut: Dar al-Fikr; Dar al-Fikr al-Mu'aasir.
  5. — (2006). Falsafat al-Din min Manẓour al-Fikr al-Islami فلسفة الدين من منظور الفكر الإسلامي [Philosophy of Religion from the Perspective of Islamic Thought]. Beirut: Dar al-Hadi.


  1. with Tizini, Tayyeb (2001). Afaq Falsafiyyah 'Arabiyyah Mu'aasirah آفاق فلسفية عربية معاصرة [Contemporary Arabic Philosophical Insights]. Damascus; Beirut: Dar al-Fikr; Dar al-Fikr al-Mu'aasir.
  2. with Hanafi, Hassan (2003). al-Naẓar wa al-'Amal wa al-Ma'ziq al-'haḍari al-'Arabi wa al-Islami al-Rahin النظر والعمل والمأزق الحضاري العربي الإسلامي الراهن [Theory and Practice, and the Current Islamo-Arabic Civilizational Crisis]. Damascus; Beirut: Dar al-Fikr; Dar al-Fikr al-Mu'aasir.
  3. with Bouti, Muhammad (2013). Ishkaliyyat Tajdid Usul al-Fiqh إشكالية تجديد أصول الفقه [Problem of Reestablishing Principles of Jurisdiction]. Damascus; Beirut: Dar al-Fikr; Dar al-Fikr al-Mu'aasir. ISBN 9789933104603.


from GermanEdit

  1. Husserl, Edmund (2011). Afkar Mumahhida li 'ilm al-ẓahiriyyat al-khalis wa lil falsafah al-ẓahiriyyatiyyah أفكار ممهدة لعلم الظاهريات الخالص وللفلسفة الظاهرياتية [Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy]. Translated by Marzouki, Abu Yaareb. Beirut: Jadawel. ISBN 9786144180440. This translation was winner of Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2012.
  2. Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, published in two volumes:

from EnglishEdit

  1. Quine, Willard Van Orman (1996). Basit al-Mantiq al-'Hadith بسيط المنطق الحديث [Elementary Logic]. Translated by Marzouki, Abu Yaareb. Beirut: Dar al-Taliaa.
  2. Holton, Woody (2010). al-Amrikiyyon al-Jawami'h wa Usul al-Dostur al-Amriki الأمريكيون الجوامح وأصول الدستور الأمريكي [Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution]. Translated by Marzouki, Abu Yaareb. Abu Dhabi: Kalima project. ISBN 9789948015864.

from FrenchEdit

  1. Duhem, Pierre (2005). "Masadir al-Falsafah al-'Arabiyyah" مصادر الفلسفة العربية [Resources of Arabian Philosophy]. Le système du monde [The System of World]. Translated by Marzouki, Abu Yaareb. Damascus: Dar al-Fikr. ISBN 1592394760.


  1. ^ "أبو يعرب المرزوقي يفتح النار على حركة النهضة ويستقيل : الحكم زمن الترويكا تحوّل إلى توزيع مغانم على الأقارب والأصحاب". Turess. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  2. ^ Marzouki, Abu Yaareb (2001). Wi'hdat al-Fikrayn al-Dini wa al-Falsafi وحدة الفكرين الديني والفلسفي [Unity of Philosophical and Religious thoughts]. Damascus; Beirut: Dar al-Fikr; Dar al-Fikr al-Mu'aasir.
  3. ^ al-Husseiny, Hanan (17 March 2018). "Unity of the Religious and Philosophical in Al-Marzouki Civilizaitonal Project". Islamiyyat al-Ma'rifah. International Institute of Islamic Thought. 93.
  4. ^ Hashas, Mohammed (3 May 2018). "Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference". Reset Dialogues on Civilizations. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  5. ^ "International L'agence" (in French). Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Abou Yaareb Marzouki, l'" islamiste moderne " tunisien" (in French). La Croix. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ Pargeter, Alison (2019). "The Muslim Brotherhood and An-Nahda after the Arab Spring: a failed project". In Akbarzadeh, Shahram (ed.). Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East. London; New York: Routledge. pp. 330–349. ISBN 9781351859523.

Further readingEdit

  • Sa'id Foudah (2010). Tad'im al-Mantiq تدعيم المنطق [The Reinforcing of Logic]. Beirut: Dar Beiruti. Allocates an appendix to refute Abu Yaareb's criticism of Aristotelian logic as per the latter's interpretation of Ibn Taymiyyah.
  • al-Samhouri, Raed (2012). Tahafut Abu Yaareb al-Marzouki wa Udlujatuhu al-Ismiyyah wa Da'awahu 'ala Ibn Taymiyyah wa A'immat al-Islam تهافت أبي يعرب المرزوقي وأدلوجته الاسمية ودعاواه على ابن تيمية وأئمة الإسلام [Incoherence of Abu Yaareb al-Marzouki, his Nominalist Credo, and his Claims about Ibn Taymiyyah and Imams of Islam]. Riyadh: Madarek Publishing House. ISBN 9786144290309.
  • Shukri, Abdul Salam; al-Samhouri, Raed (2020). "Was Ibn Taymiyyah a Nominalist? A Critical Analytical Study of Abu Yarub Al Marzouqi's Reading of Ibn Taymiyyah". Tabayyun. Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies (31): 61–80.

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