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Lund University seminar on Aligarh School and the debate on Islam and science
April 26, 2013 - 13:15-15:00
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University organises a research seminar with Stefano Bigliardi, post-doc researcher at CMES, on Friday 26 April 2013, 13.15–15.00. Stefano, who defended his PhD in 2008 at the University of Bologna, has grown in interest in South Asian Islam, and in March 2013 he visited a number of universities in India including Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with an intention to gather material for further research on Islam and science in India, and perhaps do a study in a comparative perspective with analogous debates in Hinduism. At the CMES seminar, he will present his findings. Working title is “Exploring the Contemporary Debate on Islam and Science in India.”
In the planning for his India tour, Stefano received considerable assistance from SASNET.
The seminar will explore the ideas and activities of the group of intellectuals known as Aligarh School, who, based in the university town of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh province, have been very active in the debate on Islam and science since the 1980s. Stefano will illustrate how the Aligarh School worked and which ideas it endorsed, and he will draw some parallels to contemporary Indian debates on Hindusm and science. More information in CMES Newsletter.