PAST: Islamic Philosophy and Contemporary Humanities: A Reconsideration

2650 Bristol Circle Suite 600, Oakville, ON (Dundas and 403)
12 Jul 2019

This event is the first instalment of a lecture series presented in partnership with the Muslim Association of Canada, titled: “The History and Future of Islamic Philosophy: A Foundational, Critical and Comparative Approach“.

First Lecture: Friday, July 12, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Title: Islamic Philosophy and Contemporary Humanities: A Reconsideration

Presented by: Dr. Ahmed El-Sayed Abdel Meguid, Assistant Professor at the Department of Religion, Syracuse University

Location: 2650 Bristol Circle Suite 600, Oakville (Dundas and 403)

Please note this event requires registration and that space is limited. All those interested can RSVP here.


This lecture series contributes to the reconstruction of Islamic rationalism by explaining the fundamentals and creating a discourse around the following three tracks:

  1. The specific characteristics of Islamic rationalism in the classical and post-classical periods.
  2. The prospects through which this system of rationalism can respond to the failures of modernist rationalism and its critiques by contemporary post-modernist projects.
  3. The need and methods for young Muslims in colleges in the west to develop any Islamic perspective on the humanities ultimately leading to the development of Islamic humanities.

The Speaker:

Dr. Ahmed El-Sayed Abdel Meguid has been an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University since 2011. He received his Ph.D from the Department of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same year.

His areas of specialization include the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion with a special focus on late 18th, 19th and early 20th century German philosophy, as well as Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism. He has significantly contributed to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought and has also contributed to other books and articles on Islamic philosophy and political realism.

He has received multiple awards and honours including the Fund for Innovative Teaching Award from Emory University in 2011.