Previous OTKF Dialectic Events

Dialectic Seminar 2011:

Ibn Sina’s Vocabulary of Philosophical Engagement & the Kalam Inheritance


April 18-21, 2011
Venue: St Cross College, Oxford

Dr Yahya Michot
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
Editor, Muslim World

About the Course

This year's seminar seeks to present the building blocks of the Avicennian conceptual inheritance relying on primary sources. This is to provide a view of the philosophical vocabulary that is unfurled by Ibn Sina, and its subsequent significance in the history and development of Kalam literature.

It will cover a number of passages from Ibn Sina's oeuvre, around which engagement with key terms of the philosophical vocabulary of Kalam and other strands of Muslim discourse will be built. Discussions around the texts will be in English, but students will be expected to have a solid grasp of classical Arabic. A pack of reading materials will be provided at the start of the course.

This is the second series of seminars under the Dialectics rubric of OTKF, following upon last year’s inauguration. It is important to remember that these seminars do not aim at mere academic adequacy but are also meant to enable the attendees to adequately appropriate the intellectual wealth of the tradition of Islam for the necessary dialectical engagements of the contemporary world. By Dialectics, therefore, is meant above all the practical science of correct and logically legitimate reasoning, an ambitious goal that this series seeks to serve.
About Professor Yahya Michot

Yahya M. Michot (born Belgium, 1952) has been Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Macdonald Center, Hartford Seminary, since September 2008. He is also the current editor of the journal “The Muslim World” published by the Seminary. From 1983 to 1997, he taught Arabic philosophy at Louvain (Belgium) and, from 1998 to 2008, Islamic theology at Oxford (UK). He has published numerous books and articles about Islamic classical thought, drugs in Muslim societies and European Islam, including “La destinée de l’homme selon Avicenne” (1986), “IBN SÎNÂ. Lettre au vizir Abû Sa‘d” (Arabic edition & translation, 2000), “AVICENNE. Réfutation de l’astrologie” (Arabic edition & translation, 2006) “Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims under non-Muslim Rule” (2006), “Ahmad al-Aqhisârî: Against Smoking. An Ottoman Manifesto” (Arabic edition & translation, 2010), “Musulmans en Europe” (2002), and the chapter “Revelation” in the “Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology” (2008). He has served as a consultant to various universities, international organizations and official bodies in the UK. From 1995 to 1998, he was president of the Higher Council of Muslims in Belgium. He has had a long commitment to interfaith dialogue. His next book, “Ibn Taymiyya: Against Extremisms. A Reader” (350 pages) is coming out in 2011.

Dialectic Seminar 2010:

Research Seminar: Philosophical Theology Through the Sanusiyya


April 6-9, 2010
Venue: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford

Dr Adi Setia
Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

About the Course

The Oxford Traditional Knowledge Foundation (OTKF) is delighted to host a four-day intensive course in applied kalam (scholastic theology) taught by Dr Adi Setia, a specialist in the application of scholastic theology to modern philosophical-scientific discourses.

The course will be convened at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), from 9am-5pm daily. It will cover a core classical Arabic text, the Sanusiyya with its middle commentary, and branch out to advanced topics from the works of Imam al-Ghazali to the contemporary thought of Sayyid Muhammad Naquib al-‘Attas. Discussions around the texts will be in English, but students will be expected to have a solid grasp of classical Arabic. A pack of reading materials will be provided at the start of the course.
About Dr Adi Setia

Dr Adi Setia is currently a Lecturer and Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of General Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM); a Senior Fellow at Himpunan Keilmuan Muda (HAKIM); and an executive committee member of the Islamic Science Academy Malaysia.

He was research fellow at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) during the directorship of its founder Professor Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Naquib al-‘Attas, before joining IIUM. Prior to embarking on formal academic work he studied at traditional Islamic madrasahs (pondoks). His current research interests are in history and philosophy of science in relation to a “Kalam of the Age”.