Averroës – The Great Muslim Philosopher Who Planted The Seeds of the European Renaissance

Abû al-Walîd Muhammad Ibn Rushd, better known in the West as Averroës, but also in medieval times as Avén Ruiz and Averrhoes, was born in 1126 A.D. in Cordova, once the illustrious capital of Moorish Spain. The descendant of a distinguished Cordovan family of scholars, he was the third generation of his lineage to hold the office of qâdî (judge). One of the foremost figures of Arab civilization, he became known as the ‘Prince of Science’, – the master of jurisprudence, mathematics, medicine and, above all, philosophy.

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Minbar Ibn Ruhsd – 5th issue Summer 2004

We are most happy to be able to present to you some new interesting contributions from the Arab World. Please have a look! Three articles go back to the 12th Century to trace back the relevance Ibn Rushd and Ibn Arabi might have in modern times. In his compact presentation Abeeb Salloum tries to characterize Ibn Rushd by understanding his work and influence in his time. Mohamed Mesbahi applies Postmodern theory on reinterpreting Ibn Rushd’s and Ibn Arabi’s work from a new modern perspective. Hakam Abdel-Hadi takes the occasion of the IBN RUSHD Prize 2003, awarded to Muhamed Arkoun, to deliberate on the reasons for deteriorated conditions and political failures in the presence.

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