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Special Reading Group Series: Educational Thought in Muslim Contexts - Classical Texts and Their Contemporary Relevance

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 18:00 to Monday, July 31, 2017 - 19:30

UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

The texts to be discussed include (tentative list):

Ibn Al-Muqaffa (d. 756/759): The introductions of Kalila wa-Dimna.
al-Jahiz (d.869):  Selections In Praise of Books
Ikhwan al-Safa: The Seventh Epistle: On the Scientific Arts and What They Aim at
al-Farabi (d.950): Selections from The Virtuous City (Ara' ahl al-Madinah al-Fadila)
Ibn Miskawayh (d.1030): From the Second Discourse of The Refinement of Character
Abu l-ʿAla al-Maʿarri (d. 1057). Selections fromThe Epistle of Forgiveness.
al-Ghazali (d.1111): The introduction of Ihya' Ulum al-Din (The Revival of Religious Sciences), and Selections fromThe Duties of Brotherhood in Islam
Ibn Tufail (d.1185): The end of the tale of Hayy ibn Yaqdhan
Ibn Khaldun (d.1406): Selections from The Muqaddimah

The sessions will:

Deepen participants' knowledge of Muslim scholarship, teaching and learning and cognate activities
Provide participants the opportunity to generate and explore new meanings of the seminal texts and discuss their contemporary relevance.

These sessions will appeal to students, scholars, educators, community leaders, and civil society activists interested in Muslim education, the history of ideas and the history of Muslim societies and literature.

About the Series Convenor:

Dr Ayman K. Agbaria is a scholar, poet, playwright, and activist. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in education policy and politics at the University of Haifa, and Honorary Senior Research Associate at CREME. In recognition of his extensive involvement in Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel as an activist, Dr Agbaria has appeared three times on Haaretz's list of the fifty most influential people in education in Israel.

The group will meet for five sessions in July on the following dates:

Monday 17 July, 18:00-19:30

Thursday 20 July, 18:00-19:30

Monday 24 July, 18:00-19:30

Thursday 27 July, 18:00-19:30

Monday 31 July, 16:30-19:30 (extended session)

The reading group is free to attend, and will take will take place at the UCL Institute of Education. Please email ioe.creme@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.