Rotman Guest Speaker: Abdessalam Ben Maissa

Rotman Guest Speaker:
Abdessalam Ben Maissa

Critical Thinking and the Future of Islam:
Supporting Democracy in North Africa Through Education

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Join us this September for a talk by Abdessalam Ben Maissa, UNESCO Chair in Critical Thinking at Mohammed V-Agdal University, Morocco. In his talk, Ben Maissa will examine the role that can be played by critical thinking in modernizing Islamic thought. Are critical thinking and Islam compatible? Do Muslims need critical thinking? To what extent can they be expected to benefit from modern critical thinking? The main objective of the talk is to make people aware of the importance of fostering education through critical thought.

The lecture takes place on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5pm EST in Social Sciences Centre 2050 at Western University.

 

Abstract

The main topic of the talk is to examine the role that can be played by critical thinking in modernizing Islamic thought. We first need to raise and deal with the following questions: “Are critical thinking and Islam compatible?” “Do Muslims need critical thinking?” “To what extent can they be expected to benefit from modern Critical Thinking?” Our main objective in this talk is to make people aware of the importance of fostering education to critical thought. Critical thinking is needed to build democratic societies, to avoid violence and contribute to global peace, to foster a more positive image of women, to enhance the quality of training and scientific research, to guarantee a minimum of human rights. In my view, critical thinking is one of the best ways to deal with religious, cultural and political conflicts that beset Muslim societies today.

Bio

Abdessalam Ben Maissa graduated from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV), and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco. He received his A.B. from Mohammed V University in 1977, his A.M. from Bordeaux-III University (France) in 1978, his Ph. D1. from Sorbonne University (Paris-IV) in 1982, and his Ph.D2 from the same University in 1990. Dr. Ben Maissa was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Vassar College (New York) in 2001, and a visiting Professor at Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) and at St Olaf College (Minnesota) in 2004. His most known works are: Causality in Classical and Relativistic Physics (1994); Problems in Logic and Epistemology (2000); Aspects of Rational Thinking in Amazigh Culture (2005 and 2010). In 2003, Prof. Ben Maissa has been appointed Expert for the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education in The European Higher Education System LMD. In 2005, he received The Scientific Research Award from The Royal Amazigh Culture Institute (IRCAM). He is currently Director of the Research Laboratory in “Philosophy and Critical Thinking”, at UM5A, and the Holder of UNESCO Chair in “Philosophy and Critical Thinking” (896) at UM5A. Special interests: Critical Thinking, Higher Education, History of Ideas, and Islamic Culture.

Rotman Guest Speaker: Abdessalam Ben Maissa, UNESCO Chair in Critical Thinking, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Morocco.

 

September 27, 2013: Critical Thinking and the Future of Islam:
Supporting Democracy in North Africa Through Education

5-7pm EST, Western University

Social Science Centre 2050

 

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