Dr. GonzÃ¡lez FerrÃn: Islam as an Explanation
VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND IONA PACIFIC CENTRE WELCOMES 2011 IONA PACIFIC VISITING SCHOLAR, DR. EMILIO GONZÁLEZ FERRÍN, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Thought at the University of Seville in Spain. Dr. González Ferrín will deliver a series of public lectures and workshops during his time in British Columbia and we invite you to join us for this exciting event
This event is co-sponsored by Green College (UBC), Vancouver School of Theology, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC (Okanagan) and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures, SFU.
Description of Lecture and Workshop topics
Monday, Nov. 7th, UBC (Okanagan)
711 CE – 2011 CE: A Moorish Invasion of Europe? Myth and History: Thirteen centuries after the alleged Moorish invasion of the Iberian peninsula, new evidence suggests a literary montage emerged to cover the lack of documentation of those times. The official narrative of the Moorish invasion offers stories similar to that of Troy, a pivotal betrayal and a kidnapped woman; Xenophon’s Anabasis and its 10.000 lost warriors; and Virgil’s Aeneid, in which the last of the eastern princes found a new western kingdom. Together they reveal the unexpected link between the Greco-Roman literary tradition and European narratives of the outbreak of Islam.
Dialogues on Cultures, Religions and Spiritualities event, UBC Okanagan campus. https://sites.google.com/site/ubcdialogues
Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 11:30 am, SFU, Burnaby campus, 8888 university drive, burnaby
Islam as an Explanation: The history of a religious system cannot be confessional. Disregarding the dogmatic sequence of historical Islam - founder, early expansion, encounter with ‘others’, and ‘seeing Islam as others saw it’ (Hoyland), there is no explanation for Islam. Rather, Islam is the explanation, the result of several historical facts not necessarily connected beforehand.
Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 5:00 PM, green college, ubc, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, vancouver
Between Early Hellenic Islam and a Semitic European Renaissance: A Historiology of Arab Middle Ages: The Dark Ages were not “dark.” It’s just that, very often, their interpretative keys are found in the Middle East and in Arabic. Historiology—as a discourse on History—means Historiography that is not boxed into watertight compartments for Literature, Religion, Arts or Political History. Arabic and Hebrew sources reveal a dynamic Mediterranean connection, which created a middle ages between early hellenic Islam and a semitic European renaissance.
Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 7 pm, Chapel of the Epiphany, VST, 6030 Chancellor blvd., vancouver
Religious History Outside the Box: The Holy Qur’an as Cultural Source: A ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between some scholars of religious systems precludes an open study of narratives -- subjects, arguments, archetypes... -- when dealing with certain books. A cultural reading of the Holy Qur’an offers an unexpected source of Islamic ‘normalization’, after centuries of obscurantist alienation.
Thursday, Nov. 10th from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Vancouver School of Theology,
6000 iona drive (rm 300), vancouver
Development vs. Transmission in Religious Systems: The Case of Islam: Classical approaches to Islam, very often due to what Edward Said described as ‘Orientalist’ prejudices, offer a view of Islam condemned to sclerosis. As well, ‘Islam as a way of life’ (Hitti) or ‘The matrix of Islam’ (Grunebaum) deny the existence of the main engine of History: movement. In this workshop we’ll try to replace the concept of transmission by development in a historical journey from early Islam to current events.