Fouad Zakariyya

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Fouad Zakariyya
Born 1927
Died 13 March 2010 (aged 82–83)
Citizenship Egypt
Fields Philosophy
Institutions Kuwait University
Alma mater Ain Shams University
Known for Existentialism

Fouad Zakariyya (or Fuʼād Zakarīyā) (1927 - 13 March 2010) was an Egyptian philosopher, and critic of Islamist thought who is known as “the father of Arab existentialism.”[1][2]


Zakariyya was born in 1927.[1] He studied at Ain Shams University in Cairo, and obtained a doctorate in philosophy in 1956.[3] Zakariyya was the head of the philosophy department at Kuwait University from 1974 to 1991.[1]

Zakarriya was a recipient of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Award for Humanities and Future Studies.


  • Myth and Reality in the Contemporary Islamist Movement[1]


  • The Incoherence of Islamic Fundamentalism


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  2. Mohammad Al Mutawa (March 17, 2010). "Fouad Zakaria: Saluting the father of Arab existentialism". Gulf News. Retrieved 16 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Fouad Zakariyya, 1927-2010". The Arabist. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>