American University of Beirut


​​​​​Islamic Studies and the Limits of Interdisciplinarity

October 14, 2022 from 3:00 till 5:30 PM

AUB, Issam Fares Conference Room, 4th floor​

In which sense is Islamic Studies an academic field of study? What does it cover? Does it fall under the umbrella of “area studies" and hence does it overlap with Middle Eastern or Near Eastern Studies? How is its scope of study defined and organized against the background of the individual and autonomous disciplines of Humanities and Social sciences like History, Philosophy, Literature, Sociology, and so on? How are such disciplines represented in Islamic Studies and how does the interdisciplinarity impact the production of scholarship in Islamic Studies against the theoretical and methodological criteria of the different disciplines at stake?

Such questions and others will be addressed in a round table discussion with:

Emma Gannagé, Department of Philosophy, AUB

Sari Hanafi, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies - Center for Arab and Middle-Eastern Studies, AUB

Enass Khansa, Department of Arabic and Near-Eastern Languages, AUB

Pauline Koetschet, Département des études arabes médiévales et modernes, IFPO


​​​​​​Writing and Teaching Arabic Science at the Dawn of Modernity

November 14,2020​​

The conference aims at celebrating the remarkable achievements of Cornelius Van Dyck (1818–1895) who introduced modern science to the local Arabic speaking communities, by writing textbooks in different scientific fields, directly in Arabic. He thus became the real pioneer of the modern Arab Renaissance by writing and teaching science in Arabic. His activities covered almost all fields of modern science, thereby creating a remarkable technical scientific vocabulary whose vastness still reverberates in modern Arabic scientific writings till our own day.


​​​​Philosophy, Sciences and Theology in the Islamicate World of the Ninth Century

October 21,22, 2019

AUB College Hall Auditorium B1​

The conference aims at investigating points of contact between falsafa, the scientific tradition and early kalam during the formative period. The focus on the ninth century will enable us to examine how creative appropriations of past theories and new ideas crystallized to meet new intellectual challenges in a period in which these interactions were particularly intense. We are especially interested in the reception of the Greek logical and epistemological tradition, the Byzantine contribution, and the role played by the medical tradition.​

Co-sponsored by the Farouk Jabre Centre for Arabic & Islamic Sciences and Philosophy (American University of Beirut) and the joint project “Galen in Arabic (GAIA) – More than a Translation", the conference is  co-organized by Emma Gannagé (Department of Philosophy, AUB), Pauline Koetschet (Institut français du Proche-Orient, IFPO) and Elvira Wakelnig (University of Vienna).



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