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October 10th - 11th, 2002

Mediterranean PoetryIn the framework of the International Poetry Festival of Casablanca organized by the House of Poetry in Morocco, a colloquium was held on the theme: "Mediterranean Poetry: Roots and Future" at the Foundation's headquarters. This colloquium was attended by a number of eminent researchers and poets such as Jean-Luc Nancy (France), Adonis (Syria) and Casimiro De Brito (Portugal).

October 24th, 2002

An exhibit of photos on the Arabian Peninsula: "Images of Arabia" was held on October 24th at 6: 30 p.m. at Venise Cadre gallery in Casablanca.

October 25th, 2002

Ancient Arabic Inscriptions and WritingsA colloquium was held at the Foundation's headquarters on "Ancient Arabic Inscriptions and Writings: a Source of the Arabian Peninsula
History
".

This colloquium saw the attendance of numerous researchers and students and was the occasion for the lecturers to assess the situation of scouring and archaeological research in Saudi Arabia.

October 25th, 2002

Inauguration of the new department implemented by King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences at the headquarters of the General Library and Archives of Rabat. It should be reminded that this department is meant to provide researchers residing in Rabat and its region with the opportunity to benefit from the documents and bibliographical services of the Foundation's library on the spot. Researchers holding a library card can consult books for a period of one week renewable once.

This initiative is the result of a cooperation agreement between the Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

October 29th, 2002 at 3: 00 p.m.

After the "Taqlîd"Professor James W. Morris, Chair of Islamic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, delivers a conference at the Foundation's headquarters. This conference bears the title: After the "Taqlîd"…: How Can Islamic Humanities Be Renewed in a Post-Traditional World?

December 10th – 11th, 2002

Genesis of the National State in the MaghrebIn the framework of the research workshop on the "Genesis of the National State in the Maghreb: Historical Sociology of National Training under the Colonial Regime", Professor René Gallissot delivered his first conference on December 10th, 2002 called "Protonationalism and the Establishment of the Colonial State". It was an occasion for the lecturer to insist on the idea that the nation was a political construction, that colonizations have prevented the colonized people from achieving a civil status and have imprisoned them in a religious status. The national movement was therefore marked by a confessional character. This conference which insisted on the notions of "Protonationalism", "Nationalism" and "National State" was followed on December 11th, 2002 by two workshop sessions that attempted to clarify a certain number of notions, such as: peoples' allegiance, citizenship, classes, classifications, communities, identities, nationalisms, etc. A large number of researchers and students attended these meetings and participated in the debate.

December 27th - 28th, 2002

islam in Contemporary WorldA research workshop was held at King Abdul Aziz Al Saoud Foundation with the support of Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
It joined together a pleiad of Maghrebian researchers coming from the Maghreb and elsewhere to discuss the theme: "Islam in Contemporary World". The rational was to reflect on the issues proposed by the background briefing, in particular regarding the following issues:

"– How can the crisis of religious clerics be confronted, how can the training curriculum be reformed to deal with issues concerning the world and guarantee an openness on comparative religions and social sciences?
– How can the changes that are taking place be confronted intellectually: the challenges of pluralism in the framework of the State and not that of the empire, the consequences of modernity and individualized access to religion (fatwa; hisba); transfer of the initiative of dogma at the international level?
– How to learn to manage inter and intra-religious pluralism: the issue of schisms and even that of innovations?"
At the end of these two days of debate, the workshop retained a certain number of propositions including the organization of an annual international colloquium so as to deal with one of the research axes retained as well as the organization of a Summer University for Maghrebian and non Maghrebian PhD students.

January 23th, 2003

Democracy, Development and Social JusticeStarting from 4:00 p.m., the Foundation held a conference delivered by Redouane Taouil, Professor of Economics at the University Pierre Mendis France of Grenoble, on the theme: "Democracy, Development and Social Justice".
By placing his approach in the footsteps of the Indian economist and Nobel price winner, Amartya Sen, the lecturer started with outlining the economic theory the Moroccan economy.
Internationally, ultra-liberal thought has become omnipresent to such a point that the notion of development is completely discredited and the issue of social justice is removed from the social debate, which is increasingly centered on politics. However, the lecturer claims that, the works of Amartya Sen and John Rawls provide the theoretical framework for a critical reflection on economics. In Morocco, the expert predominates upon the political in the field of economic policy. The 2 to 3% of budget deficit determined by criteria of convergence of the European Community do not correspond to the economic and social conditions of Morocco. The economic policy of Morocco, since the end of the 1980s has imprisoned the country in the "trap of under-development".
To get out of this situation, the lecturer suggests the setting up of a social contract developed by democracy and in democracy, on the basis of the effective implementation of fundamental rights. In this global framework, an expansive economic policy can mobilize the budgetary and monetary tools necessary for developing infrastructures as well as the productive and human capital.

This conference was attended by a large number of researchers, experts in economics, operators and of PhD students who all followed and participated in the debates.

January 30th - 31th, 2003

The Sense of JusticeThe Sense of Justice is the title of the international colloquium held at the Faculty of Human Sciences of Qadi Ayyad University in Marrakech on January 30th and 31st, 2003. This colloquium was jointly organized by King Abdul Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences of Casablanca, the International College of Philosophy of Paris and Qadi Ayyad University of Marrakech. This meeting, which lasted two days, brought together researchers from different Moroccan universities, from Paris, Brussels and South Africa coming from diverse cultural, religious and methodological backgrounds. The different contributions focused on four axes: justice and adequacy, justice and regulation, modernity devoid of justice, justice and society.
The quality of the debates, the type of questionings and the large attendance were characteristics of these two days of exchange that managed to make this meeting a great success.

February 23rd, 2003

Abdessalam Cheddadi, a Moroccan researcher, presented the first volume of his translation of Ibn Khaldûn's Muqaddima, "The Book of Examples", published by Gallimard in the prestigious collection "Library of the Pleiad" in 2002. For Cheddadi, Ibn Khaldûn managed to elaborate a synthesis of Arabo-Muslim civilization. In most instances, his work was considered as history work. The lecturer estimates that it is more than that: it is a work of sociology, political anthropology and human geography. The lecturer gave an insight of the history of translations of the Muqaddima and showed their insufficiencies. Therefore, a new translation based on the complete text of the Muqaddima and which overcomes such insufficiencies was necessary. This is what he attempted to offer to the reader.

March 29th, 2003

The National Association for the Future of Handicapped School Children, ANAIS, held a colloquium at the Foundation's headquarters on the theme: What Future for Mentally Handicapped Children in Morocco?

Psychologists, child psychiatrists, academics, educators, legal practitioners, theatrical people and the managers of public institutions and associations attended the colloquium. Also in the attendance were the parents of handicapped children and a few young handicapped people which are taken in charge by ANAIS.

May 2nd-3rd, 2003

The Contribution of Science and Techniques in the Field of Human ProcreationKing Abdul-Aziz Foundation organized on May 2nd and 3rd, 2003, in Casablanca, an international colloquium on: The Contribution of Science and Techniques in the Field of Human Procreation: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Dimensions.

Besides the lecturers specialists in biological and medical research, the meeting was also attended by legal practitioners, sociologists, theologists, ulema and a large public. The meeting was an occasion to exchange information and reflect on the ongoing scientific evolutions in the field of medically assisted procreation.