Once, the Arab world was the at centre of science and culture. In its heyday, the old city of Alexandria took up a special place, not least because of its famous Library. Now, the West carries the torch of tolerance, erudition and civilization but not for much longer: Europe is in a crisis. Meanwhile, in the Arab world, a dangerous religious fanaticism is spreading. Ismail Serageldin urges Islam and the West to revive the spirit of ancient Alexandria and to fight for the universal values of the Enlightenment.
Nexus Lecture 2011: Knowledge and Memory in Alexandria. A Bridge between Islam and Europe
Ismail Serageldin - Lessons for the Future of Europe and Islam
Ismail Serageldin explains why the spirit of Alexandria should inspire Europe and Islam to build a common future.