30 Years after Richard M. Frank Al-Ghazālī and Avicenna in Post-Classical Islam


For remote attendees please register here: https://tinyurl.com/Richard-M-Frank

Friday, April 28,  9:00am–5:30pm

Address: Humanities Quadrangle (320 York Street, New Haven, CT), Room 276.

9:00–9:15am:  Welcoming Remarks by Aseel Alfataftah and Michael Lessman (Yale University)


Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, St. Louis),  “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Philosophical and Theological Accounts of Love in Medieval Islam.” (Keynote Address)


10:30am–11:00am:   Coffee


11:00am–12:30pm:  Avicenna and al-Ghazālī Chair: David Baldi

Seyed Mousavian (Loyola University of Chicago). “Avicenna on the Impossibilia: The Letter on the Soul Revisited.”

Marco Signori (IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy). “Malak wa-falak. Noetic and Angelic Terminology in al-Ghazālī’s Maqāṣid and Tahāfut al-falāsifa.”


Lunch break:   12:30–2:00pm 


2:00–3:30pm:  The Reception of Avicenna Chair: Aseel Alfataftah

Franceso Zamboni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). “The Residual of Reality: The Ontological Status of Contingency in the Early Avicennized Tradition.”

Travis Zadeh (Yale University). “Strange Matters in Arabic Natural Philosophy: The Lasting Legacy of Ibn Sīnā’s Ishārāt.


3:30–4:00pm:   Coffee


4:00–5:30pm:  The Reception of al-Ghazālī Chair: Michael Lessman

Mehdi Ali (University of Chicago). “ʿAyn al-Quḍāt’s Solution to Divine Knowledge of Particulars.”

Aseel Alfataftah (Yale University). “Between Ḥikma and Kalām: Interrogating the Genre of Shams al-Dīn al-Samarqandī’s al-Ṣaḥāʾif al-ilāhiyya.


6:30pm:   Dinner 

Saturday, April 29, 9:00am–6:00pm

Address: Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT), Room 203.


9:00–10:30am:   Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī Chair: Dominique Sirgy

Michael Lessman (Yale University). “A Case for Angels: Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī’s Alternative to Avicenna’s Rationalism.

             Mariam Shehata (Université Catholique de Louvain). “Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī on Theodicy.”


10:30–11:00am:   Coffee Break


11:00am–12:30pm:   The Safavid Reception of Avicenna and al-Ghazālī Chair: Ahmed T. Nur

Sayeh Meisami (University of Dayton, Ohio). “Avicenna and al-Ghazālī and the Making of Mullā Ṣadrā’s Metaphysics.”

Yusuf Ünal (Yale Law School). “Converting al-Ghazālī to Shīʿī Islam: The Reception and Legacy of the Sunni Theologian in Safavid Iran.”


12:30–2:00pm:   Lunch Break


2:00–3:30pm:   The Ottoman and the Modern Reception of Avicenna and al-Ghazālī Chair: Sana Jamal

Ahmed Nur (Yale University). “Aḥmad Tashköprizāde (1495–1561) and the Reception of Avicenna and al-Ghazālī in the Ottoman Empire.”

Abdul Rahim Afaki (University of Karachi, Pakistan). “The Ghazalian Brand Phenomenological-Hermeneutic Binary and its Impact on Postclassical Muslim Indian Mind: the Deoband (Mis)Interpretation of Islam-qua-Tradition Blending fiqh with taṣawwuf.”


3:30–4:00pm:   Coffee Break


4:00–6:00pm Panel Discussion on Richard M. Frank and His Contributions to Our Fields of Study:

Thérèse-Anne Druart (Catholic University of America, Washington)
Frank Griffel (Yale University)
Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
Toby Mayer (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
Jan Thiele (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid).