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Semrad Lecture will explore lenses of civilization in the Arab world

Tamara Albertini, DPhilSeeing the world through different cultural, philosophical and religious perspectives will be the focus of this year’s guest lecture in the Semrad Lecture Series at Creighton University.

In a talk titled “Arab Philosopher Qustantin Zurayq and His Fight for Civilization,” Tamara Albertini, DPhil, professor and director of the certificate program in Islamic Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss the late Syrian intellectual Qustantin Zurayq’s notions of civilization through multiple lenses: Arab self-critique, Neo-Kantian historicism, and Khaldunian theory of societal bonding.

Zurayq, born into an Orthodox Christian tradition, was a leading voice in Arab scholarship and helped shape some of the leading tenets of Arab nationalism and Arab liberal thought, expanding the conversation to the earliest, pre-Islamic Arab civilizations and looking at the diversity of Arab culture.

Albertini will deliver the lecture Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., in the Mike and Josie Harper Center, Room 3027. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is requested. Click here to register.

Albertini’s research areas include Renaissance and Islamic philosophy. She holds a LicPhil from the University of Basel in Switzerland and a DPhil from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. She is the co-founder and president of the International Charles de Bovelles Society.

The Susan and Dan Semrad Endowed Lecture Series in Non-Western Thought is designed to bring prominent scholars in non-Western thought to Creighton students, faculty, staff and the public.


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