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The Muslim Institute Fourth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture 'Finding the Oldest Qur'an in the World?' by Dr Alba Fedeli


Wednesday 1 Jun 2016, 18:00 — 21:00


The Art Workers' Guild Hall
6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AT


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The Muslim Institute's Fourth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture takes place on Wednesday 1 June 2016, 6.00 to 9.00 pm

In this fourth Annual Ibn Rushd lecture, to be held at at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London, Dr Alba Fedeli will talk about her rediscovery last year of some of the world's earliest surviving verses of the Qur'an: two leaves of parchment, which have been dated to the seventh century and could have been written down in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad. 

Dr Fedeli recently completed her PhD in early Qur'anic manuscripts at the University of Birmingham, which is where, remarkably, her rediscovery was made. She is now a research fellow at the Central European University in Budapest.

These lectures, in honour of Ibn Rushd, are intended to explore the contemporary relevance of Islam's intellectual history. They are delivered annually in June by notable academics and thinkers. Previous lecturers have been Dr Amira Bennison, Professor Oliver Leaman and Professor Ibrahim Moosa

Ibn Rushd was a master of philosophy, theology, law and jurisprudence, astronomy, geography, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. He is seen as one of the founders of secular thought in Western Europe, where his school of philosophy is known as Averroism.

In the Muslim world, he is known largely for his defence of philosophy from theological attacks, particularly by scholastic theologian al-Ghazali (1058-1111). Today, all over the world, streets, statues and postage-stamps commemorate the life and works of one of the most important philosophers of all time.

Join us for a stimulating lecture followed by a vibrant Q&A session and continue the discussion over a buffet supper.

The Ibn Rushd Annual Lecture is by invitation only (Muslim Institute Fellows and friends will be receiving their invitations soon). 

If you wish to attend please contact [email protected]