In memoriam: Sadiq Jalal al-Azm
Sadiq Jalal al-Azm (1934) passed away on 11 December 2016. The University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp honors the life and contribution of this outstanding philosopher and citizen of the world.
Rational argument underpinned by high-quality scholarship lies at the root of accurate insight into complex political and societal issues that have deep historic roots. As an interdisciplinary scholarly forum, UCSIA endeavours to weave fine threads of better understanding and dialogue among scholars, professionals and citizens – which may in turn ultimately help to overcome prejudices, launch debates and reach solutions.
As the first scholar to hold the UCSIA Teaching Chair position at the University of Antwerp, Sadiq al-Azm helped UCSIA to actualize this important mission during its earliest years in 2004. He earned our everlasting respect for his impressive intellectual contribution, humane approach and warm companionship.