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Programme (17–18 March 2001)

Saturday, 17 March 2001

Introduction and “State of the Art”
9.30am–10am
Comments by Dimitri Gutas (Yale University), Jules Janssens (Independent Scholar), Yahya Michot (Oxford University), and Robert Wisnovsky (Harvard University).

First Panel: Logic and Language
10am–12.30am
Asad Ahmed (Princeton University): “Avicenna’s Treatment of Aristotelian Models”
Behrooz Mahmoodi Bakhtiari (Allameh Tabatabaʾi University): “The Linguistic Achievements of Ibn Sīnā”

Special Presentation
Shuhrat Irgashev (Avicenna International Foundation): “Ibn Sīnā Studies in Uzbekistan: An Overview”

Second Panel: Psychology
02pm–05pm
Rahim Acar (Harvard University): “Intellect vs. Active Intellect: Plotinus and Avicenna”
Kiki Kennedy-Day (Fatih University): “Ibn Sīnā on the Afterlife of the Soul”
Tariq Jaffer (Yale University): “Avicenna’s Argument against Metempsychosis (tanāsukh) as Found in ar-Risāla al-Aḍḥawīya fī amr al-maʿād

Sunday, 18 March 2001

Third Panel: Metaphysics
09am–12am
Amos Bertolacci (Yale University): “Some Remarks on the Doctrine of Being in Avicenna’s Ilāhīyāt of the Shifāʾ 
Sajjad Rizvi(Cambridge University): “Process Metaphysics in Islam? Avicenna and Mullā Ṣadrā on Intensification in Being”
Toby Mayer (Oxford University): “Fakhr ad-Dīn ar-Rāzī’s Critique of Ibn Sīnā’s Argument for the Unity of God in the Ishārāt, and Nasīr ad-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Defence”

Fourth Panel: Reaction and Reception
01.30pm–05.20pm
David C. Reisman (Yale University): “Ibn Sīnā and his Students: Preliminary Remarks on The Discussions
Alnoor Dhanani(Harvard University): “Rocks in the Heavens? The Encounter between ʿAbd al-Jabbār and Ibn Sīnā”
Ahmed H. al-Rahim (Yale University): “The Reception of Ibn Sīnā among Shīʿī Scholars”
Hidemi Takahashi (Goethe University Frankfurt): “The Reception of Ibn Sīnā in Syriac: The Case of Gregory Barhebraeus”