A Synthesis of Graeco-Arabic Philosophy with Sharia: The Case of the Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Adjudications on al-Ghazālī’s Tahāfut al-falāsifa

Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia (TRI)
The Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies

Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu received his B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University with minors in Public and International Affairs, Near Eastern Studies, and Judaic Studies. He holds an A.M. degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and will receive his Ph.D. from the same university in November 2019. Balıkçıoğlu’s dissertation research concerns philosophy, theology and science in the early modern Ottoman Empire, focusing specifically on the fifteenth-century Ottoman synthesis of Graeco-Arabic philosophy with Sharia, as well as on the social, political and religious networks of early modern scholars in comparative perspective with Europe and the greater Islamicate world. His research has extensions in Islamic religious, political and social history, history of science, early modern philosophy, and mysticism. He also conducted research on the rise of political Islam in modern Turkey and published several co-authored articles together with Professor Kristin E. Fabbe of Harvard Business School. During the 2019-20 academic year, he will be working as a full-time lecturer in Islamic history at Wellesley College’s Department of Religion.

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