November 15, 2016

HBKU Host Lecture on Arab Philosopher

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The Muhammad bin Hamad Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization of Hamad bin Khalifa University’s College of Islamic Studies, recently held a public lecture entitled “al-Amiri and the Establishment of an Essential Structure for Comparative Religion”. The lecture was delivered by Professor Ibrahim Zain, Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the College of Islamic Studies.
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The main objective of the lecture was to create awareness among scholars and students alike, with regard to the contribution of Muslim scholars and their pioneering role in the field of Comparative Religion.

The lecture focused on the significance of al-Amiri discovering an academic basis for the comparison of religions, guided by the general categorization of religious traditions in the Qur’ān. Professor Zain spoke about al-Amiri’s cultural and intellectual background.

Professor Zain highlighted characteristics that al-Amiri used to compare religions, including elements of worship like prayer, fasting, and juristic issues.He also explained how the renowned Muslim thinker considered some age-old doubts and queries that were raised regarding Muslim history and beliefs such as the spread of Islam with the sword.

The lecture was followed by an extensive question and answer session.