Bassam Tibi

Professor emeritus of International Relations, University of Göttingen, Germany.

Bassam Tibi taught at the University of Göttingen from 1973 until his retirement in 2009, and was A. D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University until 2010. He is a native Syrian, born in Damascus, and since 1974 a German citizen. Pursuant to his retirement 2009, he served as the Resnick Scholar for the study of antisemitism at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies/CAHS at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Between 1982 and 2000 Professor Tibi worked – in addition to serving at the University of Göttingen – at Harvard University in various functions, inter alia as a Bosch Fellow. His work has been translated into 16 languages. The former president of Germany, Roman Herzog, decorated him in 1995 with the highest Medal/State Decoration for his “bridging between Islam and the West.” Read more

Bassam Tibi has published a great number of books. His publications include:

  • The Sharia State: Arab Spring and Democratization (Routledge, 2013)
  • Islam in Global Politics: Conflict and Cross-Civilizational Bridging (Routledge, 2012)
  • The Challenge of Fundamentalism. Political Islam and the New World Disorder (University of California Press, 1998, updated new paperback edition 2002)

Contribution (Book and Lecture Series)
Zurich, 19 November 2013
The Middle East Uprisings and the Fate of Religious Minorities in a Shari’a-State: US-Support for Islamist Rule