This is the first series of public seminars and lectures, organised by the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE), at the Warburg Institute in London. The seminar will be held on five evenings in May 2012 and is dedicated to Enlightenment perceptions of Islam. Our speakers Maurits van den Boogert (Leiden), Jonathan Israel (Princeton), Jan Loop (London), Simon Mills (Cambridge) and Rolando Minuti (Florence) will explore different attitudes towards Islam as discussed in the teaching and writing of eighteenth-century European scholars.
Following each seminar we will have the opportunity for more informal discussion at a reception in the Warburg Institute's common room.
Islam and the Enlightenment
Summer Term 2012
In the Lecture Room, The Warburg Institute, London
Thursday 3 May, 6.15 - 7.45 p.m.
Jan Loop (The Warburg Institute), Islam and the Enlightenment. An introduction.
Wednesday 9 May, 4.15 - 5.45 p.m.
Rolando Minuti (Florence), Islam in Montesquieu’s writings and thought.
Monday 14 May, 4.15 - 5.45 p.m.
Jonathan Israel (Princeton), An Islamic Radical Enlightenment? The Philosophes and their perceptions of the Arabic world.
Thursday 17 May, 6.15 - 7.45 p.m.
Maurits van den Boogert (Leiden), Sir James Porter (1710–1776) and his 'Observations on the Religion, Law, Government, and Manners of the Turks' (1768)
Tuesday 29 May, 6.15 - 7.45 p.m.
Simon Mills (Cambridge), Joseph White (1745-1814) and Arabic Studies in eighteenth-century England.
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