Reason and Revelation in Islam: Theoretical Frameworks and Lived Realities

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  Monday, December 7, 2020
  12 - 1:30 p.m.
  Stephens Hall

Dr. Ahmed will provide a historical and textually-grounded approach to the question of reason in Islam, and the rationalist disciplines that developed in Islamic theology and philosophy, contrasting them with disciplines not considered rationalist.
Dr. Fancy will shed light on how physicians undertook rational, scientific investigations that led to new understandings of pulse and generation. These new understandings of pulse and generation also intersected with discussions in philosophy and religious texts, revealing deeper connections across the 'aqli (rational) and naqli (revealed) sciences.
Both scholars will help us understand how classical Islamic thought and scientific output continued beyond the “classical period” and led to new major developments that have often been occluded by attempts to fit the outputs of Islamic thought into a narrative of Western advancement.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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