Relics and the Religious Topography of Cairo

Richard McGregor Professor of Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville icon-calendar Tuesday November 26ᵗʰ, 2019 Thanks to the precise study of the path and destiny of certain relics (the heads of al-Ḥusayn,  Muḥammad b. Ibn Abī Bakr or Alī Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn, prayer mats, footprints, turbans…), it is possible to

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The History of Devotion to the Prophet Muḥammad through its Manuscripts

N. A. Mansour PhD candidate at Princeton University icon-calendar Wednesday November 13ᵗʰ, 2019 N. A. Mansour, whose PhD dissertation deals with the transition from manuscripts to printed books, focused during this seminar on what is probably the most popular book in the Islamic tradition: Dalāʾil al-ḫayrāt wa-šawāriq al-anwār fī ḏikr

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The “Men of Religion” in Contemporary Islam (1970‒2010)

Dominique Avon Director of Studies at the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), Assistant Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies and Societies of the Muslim World (IISMM) and member of IDEO icon-calendar Sunday November 3ʳᵈ, 2019   While the internal situation of the Muslim world was favorable in the

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Analyzing the Emergence of Muḥammad’s Authority in the Maġāzī Literature

Adrien de Jarmy PhD candidate at Sorbonne Université, IDEO/IFAO Fellow 2019‒2020 icon-calendar Wednesday October 30ᵗʰ, 2019 Using a quantitative method, which includes traditions related to the Prophet and the Companions, and measures their distribution in ancient works of the Muslim tradition, Adrien de Jarmy tries to identify the political-religious thresholds

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A Word of Explanation on the Language and Grammar of the Qurʾān

Dr. Abd al-Hakim Radi, Professor of Arabic Literature, Literary Criticism, and Rhetoric in the Department of Arts at Cairo University and member of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo Jean Druel, O.P., Director of IDEO and scholar in the history of Arabic grammar icon-calendar Tuesday September 10ᵗʰ, 2019 At a

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The place of the sunna in the Risāla of al-Šāfiʿī (d. 204/820)

Dr. Ahmad Wagih Professor at the Faculty of Dār al-ʿUlūm, Cairo University icon-calendar Monday June 24ᵗʰ, 2019 In this book, considered as the foundation of the Islamic legal theory, al-Šāfiʿī (d. 204/820) discusses the position of two distinct and opposing groups, the “Iraqis” and the “Hijazis”, on the question of

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Ibn Taymiyya and the God of the Philosophers

Adrien Candiard, O.P. PhD candidate and IDEO member icon-calendar Tuesday April 23ʳᵈ, 2019 In the ninth volume of his large book Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql, which constitutes a precise and extremely informed refutation of rationalist ideas, Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328) devotes almost fifty pages to the refutation of Aristotle’s metaphysical ideas, as

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Alfarabi’s Views on Prophecy and Prophethood

Dr. Catarina Belo Associate professor of philosophy at The American University in Cairo icon-calendar Tuesday March 19ᵗʰ, 2019 During this seminar session, Catarina Belo presented the views of al-Fārābī (d. 339/950) on prophecy and prophethood, in the frame of his philosophy of religion. Indeed, the metaphysical and political writings of

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Al-Ǧurǧānī and the beginning of pragmatics

Dr. Zeinab Taha Assistant Professor of Arabic Language at the American University of Cairo icon-calendar Tuesday March 5ᵗʰ, 2019 There is often a difference between the meaning of words, according to the dictionary, and the intention of the speaker who uses these same words according to his knowledge, culture, religion,

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