Eriko Okamoto: Al-Fārābī and the division between theory and practice: the case of music

The 10th-century philosopher Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī was interested in, among other subjects, the classification of different sciences. In several of his works, he follows Aristotle’s approach to dividing philosophy into theoretical and practical sciences. Yet, in other works, al-Fārābī argues that some sciences have both theoretical and practical components. One such science is music. In

Roman Seidel: “Philosophical Micronarratives as Means to Reframe and Decentre the Intellectual History of the Enlightenment: The Case of Mīrzā Āqā Khān Kermānī’s Trans-Iranian Narrative.”

The idea of the Enlightenment, both as an intellectual phenomenon as well as a historical period, is recurrently treated as a European phenomenon or more generally an exclusive cultural heritage of “the West”. In my talk I attempt to address this Grand Narrative's Eurocentric bias as a phenomenon generated by epistemic asymmetries and discuss the

Sarhan Dhouib: Conceptions of Tolerance and Intolerance in the Arabic Philosophical Literature Around 1900

The aim of the presentation is a concise reconstruction of the various understandings of the concepts of tolerance and intolerance which brings the philosophical dimension to the fore. The role of translation, adaptation, and transformation of European concepts into Arabic is analyzed in an intercultural or transcultural perspective, making the competing conceptions of tolerance around

Shahrzad Irannejad: Of Names, Descriptions and Labels: brain anatomy in the Greco-Arabic medical tradition


Abstract:  Apart from having been praiseworthy as one of the summits of Ancient Greek anatomical science, Galen's description of the  anatomy of the brain went on to enjoy widespread acceptance in the medieval Arabic tradition. Among the Galenic texts translated into classical Arabic during the ʿAbbāsid Translation Movement were On Anatomical Procedures and On the Usefulness of the

Damien Janos: The Issue of Divine Oneness in Avicenna: Between Per Se Predication and Negative Theology

Short bio.: Damien Janos is presently conducting a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the Fakultät für Philosophie at the LMU in Munich. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor for many years at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the Université de Montréal, Canada. He has written extensively on the history of Arabic metaphysics and

Kata Moser: A clash of secularisms? Contemporary Arab perspectives in Review

Abstract: From the 1970s onward and particularly in the 1990s, Arab philosophers of various schools discussed and developed expressis verbis theories of secularism. In this contribution, I focus on two Arab secularism theories of the 1990s, which, I propose, must be seen in the context of the new global formation after the end of the Cold War

Avicenna’s Legacy in the Philosophy of the Modern Islamic(ate) World. Continental and Analytic perspectives


Find the zoom link either in the QR-code above, join our newsletter to receive an email with the link ahead of time or email us directly: More than one thousand years have passed since Avicenna's time, yet his philosophical reputation continues to grow. Not only did he have a revolutionary impact on the Islamic

Al-Fārābī – Ein Klassiker und seine Aktualitäten


Al-Fārābī ist ein Klassiker. Spätestens seit dem Erscheinen des Bandes Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī: Die Prinzipien der Ansichten der Bewohner der vortrefflichen Stadt, herausgegeben von Ulrich Rudolph als Band 75 in der Reihe Klassiker Auslegen besitzt er dieses Gütesiegel sogar im deutschsprachigen Raum, wo man es mit der Klassik ja bekanntlich ganz genau nimmt. Al-Fārābī ist

From Medieval Conceptions of Free Will to Modern Notions of Freedom: Between the theoretical and the practical.


The question of whether human actions are free or determined is of central importance in many intellectual traditions and epochs. They also play an important role in Islamic intellectual history from the 8th century to the present. Already in early kalām-debates this proved to be a controversial problem and, since then, has been developed within