Arabic Language Area: Between Faith and Revolution
The Arab Spring has laid bare deep divisions in the Arabic world, and the traces of this revolution are also visible in our rankings.
Thought Leaders 2016: Arabic Webshpere
Between faith and revolution. That’s one way of summarising the results of the first ranking carried out for the Arabic-speaking world. Given the commanding role played (at present) by Islam in Arab discourse, this result comes as no surprise. Egypt’s most popular TV preacher, Amr Khaled, and the 90-year-old principal theologian for the website ‘Islam Online’, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, hold pole positions together with the Genevan Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan is considered the most influential thinker in European Islam. The fact that other topics are also up for debate is demonstrated by subsequent rankings, which include the Yemeni human rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman and US-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy, who is calling for a sexual revolution in the Middle East.