Robert Wisnovsky, McGill University

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Institute of Islamic Studies Professor Montreal, Quebec robert.wisnovsky@mcgill.ca Office: (514) 398-6077

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I am writing a history of the complex process by which Avicenna’s (i.e., Ibn Sînâ, d. 1037) great innovations in metaphysics were appropriated by post-classical Muslim doctrinal thinkers (mutakallimûn) in order to solve their own theological problems, and then naturalized in Islamic institutions ...

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Bio/Research

I am writing a history of the complex process by which Avicenna’s (i.e., Ibn Sînâ, d. 1037) great innovations in metaphysics were appropriated by post-classical Muslim doctrinal thinkers (mutakallimûn) in order to solve their own theological problems, and then naturalized in Islamic institutions of learning (madrasas), during the period from Avicenna’s death until the death in 1905 of Muhammad ‘Abduh, the great Muslim Reformer, Mufti of Egypt and teacher at al-Azhar in Cairo. My project focuses on the post-classical creeds (‘aqâ’id) of Najmaddîn Abû Hafs an-Nasafî (d. 537/1142), Nasîraddîn at-Tûsî (d. 672/1274), ‘Adudaddîn al-Îjî (d. 756/1355) and Muhammad ibn Yûsuf as-Sanûsî (d. 895/1490), and on the commentary traditions these creeds engendered.

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