I have studied philosophy all my adult life. My philosophical interests include philosophers as diverse as: Plato and Aristotle, Descartes and Spinoza, Kant, Hegel and German Idealism, Freud, Lacan and Žižek, Heidegger and Derrida, Deleuze and Badiou as well as two great classic Muslim philosophers Ibn Rushd and Al-Ghazali!
I have also for several years studied Islamic Law and Theology, Modern Arab Thought, Postcolonial Discourses and Islamic Feminism.
I am principally interested in problems which are somehow philosophically relevant. It can be an ethical or political, epistemological or ontological problem. The point is that it has to relate, establish and raise questions which fall within the domain of these four registers.
I am interested in philosophy and politics, particularly the Leftist politics in the West and the Islamic politics in the Middle East. They both, i.e. philosophy and politics, combine to make each other intelligible and mutually supportive. I work ceaselessly for an ideal that philosophy becomes an indispensable part of politics in general and every political programme in particular. Many, if not most, of the problems that we face today globally, as was the case with our forefathers, result directly from our political understanding (or lack of it thereof) of and engagement with in the world: problems initiated, sustained and developed by a certain political understanding of the world. This does not mean that politics, especially in its narrow ‘post-ideological’ meaning, is the only answer to political problems. Philosophy in the sense of being a critical mode of the exercise of reason is capable to induce relevant critical attitudes towards our political horizons. In other words, philosophy will seek ways to make possible, for the majority of people, to seek belonging to an enlightening and emancipatory politics, instead of seeking to belong to the almost obscurantist political choices devoid of any deep philosophical reflection that are being promoted nowadays under the various no less obscurantist covers.