Theology in Arabic Seminar Series

2021 – 2022

Topic: Free Will in the Theology of Ibn Rushd (Averroes)
Presenter: Dr. Rodrigo Adem
When: Friday, November 5, 2021, 3:00 PM
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Ibn Rushd was a twelfth-century Muslim jurisprudent, physician, and philosopher from Cordoba, Spain, commonly known as a celebrated commentator of Aristotle in the Latin scholastic tradition by the name of Averroes. This lecture will present Arabic readings and translations from his Kashf ʿan manāhij al-adilla, where he discusses the topic of free will from an Islamic theological perspective.

Topic: Bishop Thawūdus (Theodore) Abū Qurra on Free Will
When: Friday, October 3, 2021, 3:00 PM
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Thawdūrus (Theodore) Abū Qurra was among the first Christians known to have written in Arabic. Likely born in Edessa, he was active as Bishop of Harran (modern-day Urfa, Turkey) in the first half of the ninth century CE, and authored a number of theological and philosophical treatises in Arabic and Greek which have garnered the interest of a growing number of academics over the past century. This lecture includes readings and translations of his Maymar fī’l-hurriyya (“On the nature of free will”).