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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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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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Aspects of the Development of Modern Turkish Academic Philosophy

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In two talks this concluding panel of the Lecture Series “Philosophizing in the Islamic Modern World. An Intercultural Perspective” is devoted to Developements of Academic Philosophy in Modern Turkey. Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul) will discuss “The Ideal of Turkish Modernity in Turkish Philosophical Humanism” followed by a presentation of Christoph Herzog (University of Bamberg) which will be focussing “On the Institutionalization of Academic Philosophy in the Republic of Turkey (1930s to 1970s).

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Dynamics of Being. Contemporary Perspectives on Ontology in Iran

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This panel is devoted to aspects of metaphysics in contemporary Iran. An introductory overview will focus on the context, basic ideas and meaning of Molla Sadra’s Philosphy in Iran today. The following presentation will outline the main lines of Ṣadrā’s thought, as well as some of his core concepts, explore the innovative nature of his philosophical system and discuss how central Islamic concepts – Allah, Qur’an, creation – undergo a radical philosophical transformation.

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Philosophizing in the Islamic Modern World. An Intercultural Perspective

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The lecture series “Philosophising in the Islamic Modern World” presents aspects of philosophical discourses from different Middle Eastern language areas on the basis of debates on critique, secularity, speculative realism and modernity in a systematic and intercultural perspective. In four panels, the international guests will address various philosophical thematic fields in an interdisciplinary and intercultural way and explore the possibility of global philosophising.

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Buchpräsentation und Diskussion der Grundriss-Bände Islam 2/1 und Islam 4/1-2 (abgesagt)

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Die für den 9. Dezember geplante, auf der zwei Bände der Reihe “Philosophie in der islamischen Welt”, die im Rahmen des “Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie” erscheinen und seit November 2021 im Buchandel erhältlich sind, musste aufgrund der aktuellen Corona-Lage leider abgesagt werden. Der Anlass, an dem auch zwei Netzwerkmitglieder beteiligt sind, wird im Frühjahr nachgeholt.

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Avicennan Scholasticism (Lecture by Peter Adamson)

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On Nov. 16th the network “Philosophy in the Modern Islamic World” is hosting a talk by Peter Adamson. In his talk he will demonstate that many features and philosophical disputes of Latin medieval philosophy were anticipated by post-Avicennan philosophy in the Islamic east.

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