Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Al Ghazali: Interesting Conference at OSU in November

"Abu Hāmid al-Ghazālī (1058-1111) is a central figure in the history of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, philosophy and Sufism. Of Persian origin, he lived and worked in Baghdad and in other intellectual centers of the Muslim world of the 11th and 12th century." So says the website of an international conference devoted to understanding al-Ghazali's thought and legacy.  There are many good reasons for learning something about Al-Ghazali, among which are the following two.  First, he is sometimes said to be the second most important man in Islamic history - for his defense of Islam and for his critique of Greek philosophy. Indeed, he may be the most successful critic of Greek philosophy ever.  Secondly, one of the most interesting papers at the conference is on this very subject, "Al-Ghazālī’s Critique of Philosophy"; it will be delivered by Charles Butterworth, who is a teacher of Dr. Paddags. 

A description of the conference and its program can be found here:  The conference is scheduled for November 10-12 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus. 

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