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New Publication by Mansooreh Khalilizand and Kata Moser

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The network members Mansooreh Khalilizand and Kata Moser published each a paper in the anthology “Women’s Contemporary Readings of Medieval (and Modern) Arabic Philosophy” edited by Saloua Chatti. The paper by Mansooreh Khalilizand focuses on the debate on primacy of existence (aṣālat al-wujūd) versus the primacy of essence (aṣālat al-māhiyya). Khalilizand aims at problematizing and questioning what has been taken as a matter of course in the research, i.e. the implication of the debate on the primacy of existence versus the primacy of essence, formulated as a strict dichotomy in a particular stage of Islamic philosophy.
Kata Moser examines in her study the contemporary Arabic discourse on the legitimacy and nature of metaphysics. In particular the study presents and discusses the notions of Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, Youssef Karam, and Yumna Tarief El-Kholy on Metaphysics.

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A Feminist Revolution? Perspectives on the Freedom Movement in Iran – Online Panel

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The network “Philosophy in the Islamic Modern World” and the colloquium “Philosophy in the MENA Region” is organising a public online panel session (in German) on the protest movement in Iran on Tue 22 Nov 2022 (6-8pm). Since mid-September 2022, people in Iran are protesting for a life in dignity and freedom. Women play a leading role in the protest movement, which is why it is already labelled a feminist revolution. Under the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” (zan, zendegī, āzādī), the protests have developed an unexpected dynamic that has already brought about profound social changes. Which conceptual and historical perspectives are helpful to understand the emergence and development of the current events.? How can the unbroken will of the movement be explained, what is the significance of the pioneering roles of women and young people, what holds this movement together and how can its global political dimension be conceptually reflected? This and other questions will be addressed on the panel in input lectures and subsequent discussion.

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A Figurative Feminist Revolution in Iran

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Through their courageous protest actions, women and girls in Iran produce images that continue to animate the protests. How is this revolution of images related to the liberation of bodies and the nature of the revolt, which is already being called a feminist revolution? The author of an article entitled “Figuring a Women’s Revolution: Bodies Interacting with their Images”, who published it under the penname “L” on the feminist website “harasswatch.com” approaches this question – based on her own experience in the first days of the protests – in a phenomenological reflection. We provide the first German translation of this important text in the German section of our website.

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The network present with two organised panels at the Deutsche Orientalistentag 2022 in Berlin

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The network organised two thematic panels on philosophy in the Islamic world of modernity at the “Deutscher Orientalistentag”, which took place at Freie Universität Berlin from 12 to 17 September 2022. The first panel, “Exploring a Field of Research”, presented perspectives and goals of the network in the field of tension between academic disciplines and concepts of philosophy. The second panel, “Revisiting Arab Formations of the Secular and Secularism”, discussed approaches for a reassessment of the manifestations of the secular in the Arab world with a view to their complex interconnections with Western modernity, the (after)effects of the colonial legacy and intellectual traditions of the Arab-Islamic history of ideas.

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“Logical empiricism in Turkish exile” by Pascale Roure

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The network member Pascale Roure published an open access paper on Hans Reichenbach’s philosophical activities at the Istanbul University in the 1930s and his impact on his Turkish students – most of them women.

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“Toleranzdebatten in der islamischen Welt in Zeiten des Umbruchs” von Urs Gösken

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Das Netzwerkmitglied Urs Gösken hat einen Beitrag publiziert im Sammelband Toleranz, herausgegeben von Dagmar Kiesel und Cleophea Ferrari. Der Artikel untersucht Wandlungen im Konzept von Toleranz in Theorie und Praxis in der islamischen Welt unter dem Einfluss von Reformbewegungen im späteren 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, allen voran in einschlägigen Gedichten des Literaten Muḥammad Ḥāfiẓ Ibrāhīm (1872 – 1932).

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Ibn Rushd Lecture – Deconstructing Authoritarianism? German-Arabic Perspectives

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Sarhan Dhouib will present the three volumes of the series “Experiences of Injustice in Transcultural Perspective” as part of the Ibn Rushd Lectures, discussing, among other things, the critical function of philosophy in general and in authoritarian states in particular, and how criticism can be formulated and expressed under authoritarian circumstances. (Event in Arabic and German)

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Dynamik des Seins. Aktuelle Perspektiven auf Ontologie in Iran. Aufzeichnung jetzt Online

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Die Aufzeichnung der Vorlesung “Dynamik des Seins. Aktuelle Perspektiven auf Ontologie in Iran”, die Roman Seidel und Mansooreh Khalilizand im Rahmen der von der Wiener Gesellschaft für Interkultuerelle Philosophie und dem Netzwerk “Philosphie in der islamischen Welt der Moderne” am Do 5.5.2022 gehalten haben, ist nun online verfügbar.

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