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18:00 - 20:00 7 December 2017

THE PHILOSOPHER OF ISLAM

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IAS Common ground | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Hugh N. Kennedy, Respondent, SOAS, Hugh N. Kennedy, Professor of Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Faisal Devji, Reader in Indian History & Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Possibly the most important Muslim thinker of the 20th century, the Indian poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal continues to exercise a significant influence globally. Like many anti-colonial thinkers, he was a critic of the West, but in a productive way that learnt from both its successes and failures. An important part of Iqbal's criticism had to do with the idea of secularism and in particular the separation of church and state. Rather than simply rejecting such distinctions, Iqbal subjected them to examination and proposed ways of ensuring that politics remained a site of freedom distinct from religion.


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Maria Wyke
+44 (0) 2076797522 | m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk


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