The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Lunchtime Seminar: Ahmed Siddiqi, Alfarabi on the 'Virtue of Struggle' in Islamic Law

Thu, February 21, 2019 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM

The works of Alfarabi, the founder of political philosophy in the Muslim world, reveal a deep concern with the theoretical and practical challenge to philosophy presented by divinely revealed law. This talk will describe Alfarabi's attempt to defend political rationalism in the face of this challenge. Special attention will be given to Alfarabi's understanding of the "virtue of struggle," which he perceived to be central to the moral psychology of religious belief as such. This talk should be of interest to anyone who has ever thought about God.

Ahmed Siddiqi earned his PhD from the Department of Government at UT in 2018. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University.
Lunch will be served beginning at noon, with the talk beginning at 12:30. Please RSVP to the CTI email address,, if you plan to attend.


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