Lecture Series "Responsibility for the Future"

Professor Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zakzouk

  • 1933 Born in Dakahliyya, Egypt;
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Al Azhar University, Cairo (B.A., M.A.)
  • 1968 PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
  • 1968 Philosophy lecturer and then professor at Al Azhar University, Cairo
  • 1972-1976 Visiting professor in Libya
  • 1980-1984 Visiting professor in Qatar
  • 1995 Vice-President of Al Azhar University, Cairo
  • Since 1996 Religious Endowments Minister (Awkaf) and Chairman of the highest Islamic council in Egypt


  • 1997 Egyptian state prize for science

Publications (selection):

  • On the Role of Islam in the Development of Philosophical Thought (1989)
  • Al Ghazalis Philosophie im Vergleich mit Descartes (Comparison of Al Ghazali's Philosophy with that of Descartes, 1992)
  • Fragen zum Thema Islam (Questions on Islam, 1999)
  • Einführung in den Islam (Introduction to Islam, 2000)