The Golden Age of Arabic-Islamic Culture: Politics and Religion in the Thought of Alfarabi

Charles E. Butterworth

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomes Charles E. Butterworth for a discussion in medieval Arabic and Islamic political philosophy. Butterworth is emeritus professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland.

Trained in political philosophy and Arabic as well as Islamic civilization at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science, Butterworth has also studied at the University of Ayn Shams in Egypt, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Nancy in France (receiving a doctorate in philosophy from the latter). Professor Butterworth's publications include critical editions of most of the Middle Commentaries written by Averroes on Aristotle's logic; translations of books and treatises by Averroes, Alfarabi, and Alrazi, as well as Maimonides; and studies of different aspects of the political teaching of these and other thinkers in the ancient, medieval, and modern tradition of philosophy. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies. The lecture is open to the public, and a reception will follow the discussion. 

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Melissa Castle-Kirincic
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
West Hall, room 135