Mr. George Tarabichi

Mr. George Tarabichi - Syria

Cultural Excellence - 2013

A Syrian intellectual, writer, critic and translator Georges Tarabichi has translated Freud, Hegel, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Garaudy, Kazantzakis and Marcuse’s writings to the Arabic language. He was a pioneer in adopting and unveiling the psychoanalytical attributes to his critical analysis of the Arabic Novel. Tarabichi has translated over a hundred books in the fields of philosophy, ideology and psychoanalysis. He has dedicated over twenty years to writing for a critical analysis of the Moroccan Muhammad Abed Aljabri’s wide and extensive criticism project entitled «Criticism of the Arabic Reason«.

In his critical writings, he uses «Psychoanalysis« methodology of both the Arabic novel and the Arabic culture. In the second phase of his journey he has concentrated on the Arabic heritage and produced his encyclopedia «Critique of critique of the Arabic reason «, which included a reading and revision of both the philosophical Greek/European heritage, and the Arabic heritage in its philosophical, theological and religious manifestations.

Tarabichi’s approach does not replace old ideas by new ones, but instead represents a continuous process of self-criticism and an accumulation of experience and reconstruction. The philosophical project of Georges Tarabichi has three dimensions. The first concentrates on transferring and translating the major important works of the modern Western thought into Arabic, the second is about criticism of modern and contemporary Arab/Islamic thought, and the third is devoted to research in the Arab/Islamic heritage on the basis of Professor Muhammad Abed Aljabri’s wide and extensive critique project entitled «Critique of the Arabic Reason «.This project has taken an encyclopedic dimension of five volumes and two thousand and two hundred pages where Tarabichi attempts to answer the question of whether the resignation of reason in Islam was an external factor, scalable to comment by others, or it was an internal factor governed by internal mechanisms of the self. 

Georges Tarabichi’s intellectual journey may be divided into two parts; each of them having its specific direction. In the first phase, he embraced modern Western ideologies such as Marxism and Nationalism, with complete break with the Arab/Islamic heritage.

Tarabichi was Damascus Broadcast’s manager from 1963 to 1964. He became chief editor for the magazine «Arabic Studies« from 1972 to 1984, then for the magazine «The Unity« magazine from 1984 to 1989. 

Born in Aleppo in 1939, Tarabichi earned a Bachelor Degree in Arabic Language, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Damascus University. He lived in Lebanon a short period then immigrated to France due to the Civil War. He currently resides and is a full time writer and author. 

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