The global history of ideas includes a handful of names whose contributions have stood the test of time: among those most celebrated is the twelfth century Muslim polymath Abu 'l-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd (1126-1198), known to the Latin West as ‘Averroes’.
Ibn Rushd was a master of philosophy, theology, law and jurisprudence, astronomy, geography, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. He is seen as a founding father 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 form 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. These lectures in honour of Ibn Rushd, delivered annually on the first Wednesday of June by notable academics and thinkers, explore the contemporary relevance of the intellectual history of Islam. The title of the Second Annual ibn Rushd Lecture is:
Islamic Philosophy Today: Problems and Possibilities
A Lecture by Professor Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
Islamic philosophy has a long and distinguished history and its changing role in the Islamic world is significant for what it has to say about the cultural environment in which it exists. In this second annual ibn Rushd lecture it will be argued that philosophy is a vital activity for any religious community and that its continuing role in Islam is an indication of a dynamic and self-confident religious atmosphere. Potential obstacles to Islamic philosophy will be identified and its place in the modern world outlined and defended.
Date and Time: Wednesday 4th June 2014, 6.00-9.00pm
Venue: The Hall, Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
Admission is by invitation only, except for the Fellows of the Muslim Institute, who must reserve their seats. Refreshments and a buffet supper will be provided