Palestinian artist Reem Banna will be awarded the 2013 Ibn Rushd prize for Freedom of Thought.
The Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought is an independent organization registered in Germany that honors personalities and organizations in support of freedom of thought and democracy in the Arab world.
The fund was created on December 10th, 1998, in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Ibn Rushd's (Averroes’) death, and on the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Universal Human Rights.
The award ceremony will be held on November 15 at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin.
Rim Banna is a Palestinian singer from the northern city of Nazareth. She is a composer, arranger and activist, known primarily for her modern interpretations of traditional Palestinian songs and poetry.
Banna first achieved popularity in the early 1990s, after recording her own versions of traditional Palestinian children's songs that were on the verge of being forgotten. Many such songs and rhymes sung by Palestinian families again today are said to be thanks to Banna's work in preserving them via her recordings.