The Muslim Institute's Seventh Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture will be delivered by Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want. A long-time anti-racism and social justice activist and organiser, Asad steers War on Want's campaigns to end poverty and injustice. He was previously the head of international climate at Friends of the Earth and has over 25 years of experience in the non-government and charity sector. He has served on boards of Amnesty International UK, Friends of the Earth International, Global Justice Now, and Newham Monitoring Project.
The event will be held on Tuesday 14 June 2022, 6-9pm at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London. Asad Rehman's talk continues the Muslim Institute's series of lectures in honour of the great twelfth century philosopher and polymath, Ibn Rushd. Intended to explore the contemporary relevance of Islam's intellectual history, the lectures are delivered by notable change-makers and thinkers. Previous lecturers have been Dr Amira Bennison, Professor Oliver Leaman, Professor Ebrahim Moosa, Dr Alba Fedeli, Mohammed Hanif and Lord Bhikhu Parekh.
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.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session, with discussion continuing over a buffet supper.
Muslim Institute director Samia Rahman will introduce the evening, which will be chaired by Faith for the Climate director and Critical Muslim senior deputy editor Shanon Shah. Closing remarks will be made by Muslim Institute Chair of Trustees Ehsan Masood, a science journalist who is bureau chief at Nature magazine.
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