A Window on a Forgotten Heritage: Philosophy in Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo with Al Fârâbî, Averroès and Maïmonide

By Professor Ali Benmakhlouf

Conference | Thursday, May 12 | 6:30pm

45-minute presentation followed by Q&A, in French with simultaneous translation into English.

From the 9th century on, while Europe was sinking into the somber centuries of the Middle Ages, the Arab-Muslim empire experienced an enormous intellectual and scientific boom, becoming an important center of civilization whose influence extended far beyond the Mediterranean.  
Through three great philosophers (Al Fârâbî, Averroès, Maïmonide) and three key cities (Baghdad, Cordoba, Cairo), Professor Ali Benmakhlouf will introduce you to this often-overlooked period of history. He will discuss the contribution of these thinkers to questions that are still very current, such as the relationship between science and religion. He will also discuss the influence of this intellectual boom on the European Renaissance, particularly in scientific fields such as medicine and cosmology.

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About Ali Benmakhlouf...
Ali Benmakhlouf is an associate professor of philosophy, a specialist in logic and Arab philosophy, and teaches philosophy at the University of Paris-Est Créteil. He is the author of numerous books, including "Why Read Arab Philosophers" (Albin Michel, 2015); "Conversation as a Way of Life" (Albin Michel, 2016); and "The Power of Reason: Logic and Medicine" (Fayard, 2018). He is a member of the French Society of Philosophy, the International Institute of Philosophy, the University Institute of France, and a permanent member of the National Academy of Pharmacy. He currently teaches a seminar at New York University entitled "L'humanisme des autres" (“The Humanism of Others”).