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    Tarek Heggy

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    Tarek Heggy طارق حجى (born October 12, 1950, Port Said, Egypt) is an Egyptian liberal political thinker and international petroleum strategist. His extensive writings advocate the values of modernity, democracy, tolerance, and women's rights in the Middle East – advancing them as universal values essential to the region's progress. As one of the contemporary leading Egyptian liberal theoreticians, he has lectured at universities throughout the world, including Oxford University, the University of Tokyo, the University of Melbourne, Sydney University, Princeton University, Columbia University, King's College London, Colorado University, Colorado School of Mines, The Hayek Institute (Vienna), Erasmus University (The Netherlands), the American University in Cairo, and the University of California Berkeley.[1] Due to his knowledge of the Middle East, he has also been called upon to speak at various institutions and think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the National Endowment for Democracy, the American Enterprise Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Tarek Heggy's main themes are the need for economic, political, cultural and educational reforms in Egypt and the Middle East. His liberal voice is part of the small but growing minority that calls for self criticism and massive reforms and that frankly admits the failures of the political ideologies/dogmas dominating Egypt and the Arab world. Moreover, this voice calls the conspiracy theories and overblown rhetoric that pervade the region signs of a cultural crisis that needs resolution. Finally, this voice advocates the imperative need to develop a genuine ending to the Arab-Israeli conflict and therefore establish a true peace between Egypt, the Arab countries and Israel. Tarek Heggy castigates a large portion of Egyptian and Arab media for their promotion of a hate culture and criticizes this media for reintroducing the radical rhetoric of the 1960s that led many Arab countries to catastrophe.[2]

    Contents [hide]
    1 Biography
    2 Affiliations
    3 Honors
    4 Published works
    5 Interviews/Videos
    6 Public Lectures
    7 Debates
    8 Selected Articles
    9 What Others Say
    10 See also
    11 References
    12 External links

    [edit] Biography
    Tarek Heggy was born in 1950, into the Egyptian upper-middle class and hometown of his parents, Port Said. Both his father and mother were fortunate enough to be highly educated, intellectual people who had been widely exposed to Western culture and civilization. They inculcated within him a love of reading and an appreciation of languages at a young age. As citizens of Port Said, Heggy’s parents were the offspring of the Suez Canal community and of an otherwise unique openness to the outside world.[3]

    Tarek Heggy studied law (LL.B & LL.M) at Ain Shams University in Cairo, followed by higher degrees in Modern Management Techniques from the International Management Institute of Geneva University. From 1971 until 1979, he taught at the law schools of a number of North African Universities (Algeria and Morocco).[4]

    In July of 1979, Tarek Heggy joined a major multinational petroleum and gas corporation as a Gas and Oil attorney (1979-1985) and went on to become deputy to the Chairman of its Egypt branch (1985-1988). In 1988 he became the Chairman and CEO of a top oil and gas multinational corporation in the Middle East. He resigned on July 1, 1996 to devote his efforts to a wide range of intellectual and cultural activities.[4]

    [edit] Affiliations
    Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, Washington D.C.(USA).
    Advisory Board of the RAND Organization "Centre for Middle East Public Policy" of the initiative for Middle Eastern Youth (IMEY)
    Advisory Board of Just Journalism (UK).
    Egypt Supreme Culture Council (Management Sciences Committee).
    The Egyptian Society for Historic Studies.
    MSA University ( Cairo , Egypt ).
    The Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of Cairo University.
    The Middle East Research Centre of Ain Shams University (Cairo)
    The Arab Management Society.
    Egypt Bar Association.
    Egypt Writers Association.
    Heliopolis Library Chairman.
    [edit] Honors
    2008 Grinzane Cavour Award for cultural and literary achievement [5]

    In 2008, Tarek Heggy (along with Professor Naim Mahlab) established the Tarek Heggy scholarship at the University of Toronto for post graduate studies in Comparative Jewish/Muslim relations. [6]

    Tarek Heggy participated in establishing (in 2000) the "Chair of Coptic Studies" at the American University in Cairo.[7]

    [edit] Published works
    Since April 1978, Tarek Heggy has written 17 books In Arabic and 28 overall in four languages. In addition, nearly 500 hundred published articles are posted as essays on his website. Examples of Tarek Heggy's writings may be found in French [1], English [2], Italian [3], Arabic [4], Hebrew [5], and Russian. [6]

    Books in English:

    On Management and Petroleum Industry. 1991
    Egypt 's Contemporary Problems. 1992
    Critique of Marxism. 1992
    Egyptian Political Essays. 2000
    Culture, Civilization & Humanity. (Published in the UK and USA by Frank Cass) 2003 [7]
    The Fall of Socialism. 2009
    The Arab Cocoon. (Published by Vallentine Mitchell in the UK) 2010 [8]
    The Arab Culture : Imprisoned. (Scheduled to be published in 2010)
    Books in Arabic:

    Marxist Ideas In Balance. 1978
    Communism And Religion. 1980
    My Experience With Marxism. 1983
    What is to be done? 1986
    The Four Idols. 1988
    The Trinity of Destruction. 1990
    Egypt between two Earthquakes. 1991
    The Fateful Transformation. 1993
    Reflections on Egypt 's Realities. 1995
    Critique of the Arab Mind. 1998
    Culture First and Foremost. 2000
    The Values of Progress. 2001
    On the Egyptian Mind. 2003
    Margins on The Egyptian Mind. 2004
    Modern Management in the contemporary Arab Societies. 2006
    The Imprisonment of the Arab Mind. (Merit Publishers, Cairo) 2009
    Our Culture Between Illusion and Reality. 2009
    Books in French:

    L'inéluctable Transformation. 1991
    Le Djinn Islamiste. (Scheduled to be published in 2010)
    Books in Italian:

    Le Prigioni Della Mente Araba (translated by Valentina Columbo). (Published by Marietti 1820 - Casa Editrice Marietti, Milan Italy) 2010 [9]
    [edit] Interviews/Videos
    Rhapsody Face to Face: Tarek Heggy Interview [10]

    Egyptian Intellectual Tareq Heggy ON TV (Egypt), October 14, 2009 [11]

    Tarek Heggy on Separation of Mosque and State -- Part One [12]

    Tarek Heggy on Separation of mosque and State -- Part Two [13]

    France 24 interview with Tarek Heggy on The Arab World and the West [14]

    Elaph interview with Tarek Heggy conducted by Sabry Khalil. [15]

    [edit] Public Lectures
    University of Melbourne National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies Australia (May 18, 2009) Imprisonment of the Contemporary Arab Mentality – Causes and Remedies [16]

    The Sydney Institute (May 19, 2009) Arab Culture and Modernity (podcast) [17]

    [edit] Debates
    Tareq (Heggy) vs. Tariq (Ramadan) [18]

    The BBC/Doha Debate on the Separation of Mosque and State [19]

    [edit] Selected Articles
    Political Islam

    The Proliferation of the Radical Jinni [20]

    The Erosion of the Middle Class...and its Consequence [21]

    Islam Today: Interpretations of Islam [22]

    On the U.S./Islamists Dialogue [23]

    Brotherhood With Ambitions [24]

    The worst-case scenario [25]

    The Arab Mindset

    The Prisons of the Arab Mind [26]

    Islam Between Copying and Thinking [27]

    The Seven Pillars of Terrorism [28]

    Believing in Conspiracy [29]

    No More Than A "Refuge" [30]

    Religious Education in the Balance [31]

    The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Between Reason and Hysteria [32]

    Our Need For a Culture of Compromise [33]


    Beyond the Ballot Box [34]

    On Lebanon

    Once Again: On Hizbu'Allah [35]

    Hamas and Hizbu'Allah: Sub-Contractors [36]

    Filled With Grief [37]

    Saudi Arabia

    The King and the Sword [38]

    Let The Sane of Saudi Arabia Unite [39]

    If I Were A Shi'ite From Saudi Arabia [40]

    Egyptian Christians

    The Suffering of the Copts in Egypt [41]

    Reflections on the Coptic Question [42]

    [edit] What Others Say
    "A courageous and distinctive voice from Egypt." Bernard Lewis, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

    "Tarek Heggy is the most systematic social critic currently active in Egypt ". Emmanuel Sivan, Professor of Islamic History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    "Tarek Heggy is one of the most creative and prolific writers in the Arab world. His writings probe the political and social limits and present a refreshing message of self-reliance that challenges the prevailing sense that regional ills are largely made abroad". Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and development at the University of Maryland and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

    “Having discovered that there is no equivalent in the Arabic language, classical or colloquial, for the word “compromise”, Tarek Heggy invented his own “cultural compromise”. This led him to advocate cultural tolerance and acceptance of the “Other”, and to argue for progress as a human product, modernity, the universality of science and knowledge, democracy and civil society. An academic, intellectual, economist and one of the world's top petroleum strategists, he is also a managerial wizard. Many consider his books on management a recipe for curing the ills of Egypt". Adel Darwish

    "Tarek Heggy's book is one of the most interesting and important works to come out of the Arab world in a long time. At the very moment when the debate over change or continuity, democracy or dictatorship is at its height, Heggy brilliantly analyses the causes and solutions of Arab problems and paradoxes". Professor Barry Rubin, Director, Global Research in International Affairs Center and Editor, Middle East Review of International Affairs

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