"Rational Progressive Islam" in Ask A Muslim

Radical Progressive Islam 

NOTA BENE: This event has been postponed due to the speaker's schedule and will be rescheduled at a later date. We repeat, there will be no forum on August 10th. We regret any inconvenience.


The Markaz and Muslims for Progressive Values present “Ask A Muslim,” the free monthly series continuing on August 10, 2016 with a discussion entitled Rational Progressive Islam: Beyond the false dichotomy of ‘Radical’ and ‘Moderate’.

This talk takes place in the Feldman Horn Mercaz, Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village CA 91607. Free parking. RSVP below.

The rise of ISIS and the failure of “moderate” Muslim clerics to present Muslims with a serious challenge to extremism can only be countered by a rational progressive Islam. The discussion will be moderated by Ani Zonneveld with special guest speaker, Professor Ahmed Alwishah, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College. Professor Alwishah will show that such an approach can be generated and developed from within the early Islamic tradition that predominated in the 9th and 10th centuries, and from the subsequent schools of thought that placed human reason as the only arbitrator in determining Islamic theology. The talk will propose three steps in implementing the rational progressive approach and fighting extremism in the Islamic world.

About Ahmed Alwishah

Dr. Ahmed AlwishahA native of Iraq, Dr. Ahmed Alwishah’s research focuses on Islamic Philosophy, especially Avicenna, Post-Avicennian philosophers, and Philosophy of Language in Islamic tradition. He is the co-editor of Ibn Kammūna Refinement and Commentary of Suhrawardī’s Intimations(Mazda, 2002) and Aristotle and Arabic Tradition (2015 Cambridge Press). He translated the Arabic testimonia of Thales jointly with Richard Mckirahan in Thales (De Gruyter, 2014). He also published “The Early Arabic Liar: The Liar Paradox in the Islamic World from the Mid- Ninth to the Mid Thirteenth Centuries CE” with David Sanson, Vivarium Journal 47, 1999. In addition he is the author of two forthcoming articles “Avicenna on Floating Man Arguments” Journal of Islamic Philosophy, volume 10/2014 “Avicenna on Animal Self-Awareness, Cognition and Identity” Cambridge Journal of Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 2015. He is currently is working on monograph book Avicenna’s Philosophy of Mind, where investigate a set of topics in Avicenna’s psychology. Before coming to Pitzer College, Dr. Alwishah taught at Stanford University and UCLA. He is a life member of Clare Hall College at Cambridge University and awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA, 2007-2008.

Sponsored in part with support from the A & A Fund and Bana & Nabil Hilal. 





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