Muslim philosopher Averroes and Jewish philosopher Maimonides worked together in the 12th century to advance the writings of Aristotle, serving as an example of scholarly cooperation during the Crusades. New York University’s Center for Dialogues will host a symposium, “The Meaning of Averroes and Maimonides for Our Times,” on Wednesday, October 6, 9:30 a.m - 8 p.m. at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets).
The event is free and open to the public. Please call 212.998.8693 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP by October 4th. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street). Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Deputy Director for Media Relations, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.
“The symposium will ask if the lives of Muslim philosopher Averroes and Jewish philosopher Maimonides and their 12th century Islamic Spain could serve as a source of inspiration today to the countries bordering the Mediterranean at a time of marked division,” said Mustapha Tlili, Founder and Director of the Center for Dialogues.
The event will offer historical reflections and policy assessments by scholars and high government officials on the past, present, and future of the Mediterranean people. It will also include a screening of the documentary “Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours” and remarks by the film’s director, Jacob Bender. For a complete schedule of sessions, click here.
Other speakers include: John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York University; Jacques Lezra, Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese at NYU; Ambassador Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, Permanent Representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations; Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal and High Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilizations (video-taped presentation); Jean-Christophe Menet, Diplomatic Adviser, Inter-Governmental Office for the Union for the Mediterranean, France; and Jerónimo Páez-López , Former Director, El Legado Andalusí Foundation, Spain. Tlili will moderate the symposium’s sessions.
New York University’s Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West emerged from the tragedy of September 11th, which highlighted the need for greater communication among and about the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world. The Center was founded as a forum for constructive debate among the various religious, intellectual, economic, and political sectors of American, European, and Islamic societies. It brings contentious issues between the Islamic world and the West into a more rational plane and promotes this approach to a wide audience, including the important constituencies of policy and decision-makers, policy analysts, the media, and educational institutions. The Center is located at 194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10012. For more, go to www.centerfordialogues.org.