Sebastian Guenther: Averroes and Aquinas on Education
Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture
We Have to Learn From Our Predecessors: Averroes and Aquinas on Education
Sebastian Günther is Professor and Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Göttingen. He has held prior appointments at the University of Toronto (where he was promoted in 2003 to Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, with tenure) and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (from which he received his PhD in 1989). In addition, he has accepted continuing invitations for visiting professorships at various universities in the Middle East. S. Günther is the co-editor of the Islamic History and Civilization series (Brill Academic Publishers) and a board member of the Religion Compass (Blackwell Publishing).
S. Günthers research focuses on the intellectual heritage of the classical period of Islam, in particular the Quran, religious and philosophical thought, and Arabic belles-lettres. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and international reference works. Several of his major studies are expressly devoted to core aspects of classical Islamic education. The most recent edited volume Ideas, Images, and Methods of Portrayal: Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam (Brill 2005) deals with the genesis of selected classical Arabic texts and the implications which these texts had for Islamic societies in medieval times.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Reception to follow
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