Twelfth Annual Victor Danner Memorial Lecture:
“The Quest for Enlightenment in Classical Islam: Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan”
Professor Sebastian Guenther
(Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Goettingen)
April 16, 2014
University Club President’s Room
Indiana Memorial Union
Join the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in hosting Professor Sebastian Guenther, Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Goettingen, Germany and a prolific author of works on Islamic thought and classical Arabic literature. His lecture is titled, “The Quest for Enlightenment in Classical Islam: Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan,” and will focus on the famous work Hayy b. Yaqzan, the allegorical-philosophical novel by the celebrated Muslim philosopher Ibn Tufayl (d. 1185).
The talk will be devoted to Ibn Tufayl’s coming-of-age story, one of the most creative works of Islam’s classical intellectual heritage. It will explore this work in its historical and intellectual contexts, examining closely its Muslim predecessors and its reception in Islamic lands and in medieval Christian Europe and, in the process, will inquire into the perceptions of classical Muslim thinkers concerning the power and the freedom of the human intellect in seeking human growth, happiness, and salvation.
This event is co-sponsored by the College Arts & Humanities Institute and the Medieval Studies Institute.