Muslim Institute Sixth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture delivered by author Mohammed Hanif
Click here to view photos and see below to watch the Muslim Institute's Sixth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture, which took place on Wednesday 27 June 2018, 6-9pm, at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London. Our speaker this year was British-Pakistani writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif, author of the critically acclaimed book A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, won the Wellcome Book Prize. He spoke on 'Hearts & Minds & Things That Are Not Terror'.
Mohammed Hanif's talk continued the Muslim Institute's series of lectures, in honour of Ibn Rushd, which are intended to explore the contemporary relevance of Islam's intellectual history. They are delivered annually in early summer by notable academics and thinkers. Previous lecturers have been Dr Amira Bennison, Professor Oliver Leaman, Professor Ebrahim Moosa, Dr Alba Fedeli 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.
A stimulating lecture was followed by a vibrant Q&A session, with discussion continuing over a buffet Turkish supper.