Avicenna and Avicennisms Conference

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Avicenna and Avicennisms
A Colloquium at SOAS, 6-7 June 2014
Convenors: Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS) and Sajjad Rizvi (Exeter)

In the Islamic tradition, Abu ʿAlī Ibn Sīnā or Avicenna [d. 1037] remains the paradigmatic philosopher whose modification of the Aristotelian system, to propose the first comprehensive Islamic philosophy, was to have a lasting impact in both the Islamic world and medieval Europe. Bringing together a range of Avicenna scholars from established names to younger, up-and-coming scholars, this colloquium will focus on the impact and reception of Avicenna in these two lines of influence—in scholasticism and in the Islamicate world. We will perpetuate the recent tendency of defining philosophy in the Islamic traditions broadly to include the tradition of philosophical theology or kalām.

Avicenna and Avicennisms will examine not just what Avicenna meant for the formulation of Islamic philosophy and philosophical inquiry more generally in the Arabic and Persian traditions, but also how he was received, understood, reformulated, criticized, and even rejected (often in ways that still marked out the great influence that he had upon his detractors). In that sense, it will analyse what one of the speakers called 'la pandémie avicennienne’ that marked out learned culture in both Christendom and the world of Islam for most of the pre-modern period. The presenters will discuss not just wider issues of the very understanding of philosophy and what Avicenna meant, but also a range of particular considerations in metaphysics, logic, natural philosophy, and even anthropology.

FRIDAY, 6 June 2014, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

14.00–14.15 Welcome: Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS) and Sajjad Rizvi (Exeter)

Session 1. Chair: Ayman Shihadeh

14.15–15.00 Ahab Bdaiwi (St. Andrews), ‘Interpreting Avicenna in Timurid Iran: The Davānī-Dashtakī Debate’

15.00–15.45 Laura Hassan (SOAS), ‘The reception of Ibn Sīnā’s philosophy in Sayf al-Dīn al-Āmidī’s (d. 631/1233) philosophical and theological works’

15.45–16.00 Break

Session 2. Chair: Catarina Belo

16.00–16.45 Toby Mayer (IIS), ‘Disputed concepts of creation in the 5th namaṭ of Ibn Sīnā’s Ishārāt and in Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī's and Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s commentaries’


SATURDAY, 7 June 2014, Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Session 3. Chair: Sajjad Rizvi

09.00–09.45 Jon Hoover (Nottingham), ‘Ibn Sina and Ibn Taymiyya on fitra’

09.45–10.30 Sophia Vasalou (Oxford Brookes), ‘Ibn Taymiyya Against the Philosophers: Reclaiming the Nativity of Moral Propositions’

10.30–10.45 Break

Session 4. Chair: Yahya Michot

10.45–11.30 Gregor Schwarb (FU Berlin), ‘The Reception of Avicenna and Avicennan philosophy in Christian-Arabic Literature’

11.30–12.15 Catarina Belo (AUC), ‘Avicenna on Intellect in Thomas Aquinas' Summa contra gentiles’

12.30–14.00 Lunch break

Session 5. Chair: Morgan Davis (BYU)

14.30–15.15 Wilfrid Hodges (Queen Mary’s, London), ‘The architecture of Ibn Sīnā’s logic’

15.15–16.00 Tony Street (Cambridge), ‘Against Avicenna? The evolution of the seventh-century logic text’

16.00–16.15 Break

Session 6. Chair: Wilfrid Hodges

16.15–17.00 Meryem Sebti (CNRS), ‘Potency in the Metaphysics of the Healing (IV, 2)’

17.00–17.45 Yahya Michot (Hartford), ‘Avicenna, Bahmanyār and the “Ishārāt"’

17.45–18.00 Closing Remarks: Sajjad Rizvi and Ayman Shihadeh

Attendance is free. However, prior registration is required for Day 2, as places are limited. Please register here:

S. Zillur Rahman on 4 July 2014

Greetings! Ibn Sina Academy


Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences is going to organise an “International Conference on Life & Contribution of Ibn Sînâ (Avicenna)” during 25-27 October 2014, in Aligarh (India) to commemorate the 1000th Anniversary of the Compilation of Ibn Sînâ’s Kitâb al-Qânūn fī at-Ṭibb (The Canon of Medicine).The idea is actually to review Ibn Sina’s multidimensional personality and to span his contributions in the field of science, philosophy, literature and all branches of medicine in particular. The forthcoming conference will bring together expert scholars to discuss topics on various themes. A tentative list is as follows.

Ø Ibn Sina as a physician and his works on all branches of medicine,
Ø Ibn Sina as a natural scientist: Compiler of Kitâb al–Shifâ’,
Ø Ibn Sina as a philosopher, geographer, poet, and commentator of Quranic Sura,
Ø Ibn Sina’s impact on his own contemporary scientists,
Ø Studies on Ibn Sina in India,
Ø Studies on Ibn Sina in European universities during medieval and renaissance periods,
Ø Relevance of Ibn Sina in modern era.

The programme will comprise invited lectures, besides oral and posters’ presentations. Interested participants are requested to present a paper in any area of their expertise.

The organising committee shall appreciate, if you send an abstract of not more than 300 words until 20th July 2014. The information brochure and registration form can be accessed through: http://ibnsinaconference.blogspot.in/

With best wishes,
Prof. S. Zillur Rahman (Chairman Organising Committee)

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Peter Adamson on 4 July 2014

Thanks for the info; I will

Thanks for the info; I will post it to Twitter also.

S. Zillur Rahman on 5 July 2014

Thanks for sharing info and

Thanks for sharing info and tweet. More info can be accessed from the website of the Academy: www.ibnsinaacademy.org

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