Colloque « Avicenna & Avicennisms » — SOAS, Londres (Royaume-Uni), 06-07/06/2014

  • Date: 6 June 2014Time: 2:00 PM
  • Finishes: 7 June 2014Time: All Day
  • Venue: Room: Friday 6th June in KLT & Saturday 7th June in B102
  • Type of Event: Colloquium
  • Convenors: Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS) and Sajjad Rizvi (Exeter)

In the Islamic tradition, Abu ‘Ali Ibn Sina 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.


  • Ahab Bdaiwi (St. Andrews)
  • Catarina Belo (AUC)
  • Morgan Davis (BYU)
  • Laura Hassan (SOAS)
  • Wilfrid Hodges (Queen Mary’s, London)
  • Jon Hoover (Nottingham)
  • Toby Mayer (IIS)
  • Yahya Michot (Hartford)
  • Sajjad Rizvi (Exeter)
  • Gregor Schwarb (FU Berlin)
  • Meryem Sebti (CNRS)
  • Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS)
  • Tony Street (Cambridge)
  • Sophia Vasalou (Oxford Brookes)

The full programme is available here.

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

Sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and the Brigham Young University London Centre.

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