Fouad Zakariyya
Died13 March 2010 (aged 82–83)
Alma materAin Shams University
Known forExistentialism
Scientific career
InstitutionsKuwait University

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.




  1. ^ a b c d "Fouad Zakariyya, Arab existentialist with a secular vision". The National. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ Mohammad Al Mutawa (17 March 2010). "Fouad Zakaria: Saluting the father of Arab existentialism". Gulf News. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Fouad Zakariyya, 1927-2010". The Arabist. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2014.