The Muslim Institute's Seventh Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture will be delivered by the distinguished Malaysian politician and statesman, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. President of the People's Justice Party, of which he was a founder, Dato' Ibrahim is Leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, which won a seismic victory in the 2018 Malaysian general election, changing the course of politics in the country. Dato' Ibrahim, the Prime Minister Designate of Malaysia, will speak on ‘Islam, Democracy and Governance’. The event will be held on Saturday 29 June 2019, 6-9pm at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London.
Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim'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 academics 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 Malaysian buffet supper.
Attendance is strictly by invitation only.
Fellows must email [email protected] to reserve their space.