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"Philosophy and Religion: Milk-Sisters or Mortal Enemies?"
Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
303 International Center
Muslim Studies Program
Event Details:

Charles Butterworth (Maryland), "Philosophy and Religion: Milk-Sisters or Mortal Enemies?" (an exploration of the teachings of Abu Nasr Alfarabi and Abu al-Walid Ibn Rushd, or Averroes)

March 20, Noon, 303 International Center

  Emeritus professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, Charles Butterworth specializes in medieval Arabic and Islamic political philosophy.  Pursuit of this academic interest has permitted him to live and study in most of the Arabic speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa as well as in Europe.  From time to time, he has lectured and taught at universities in the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Western Europe and Central Europe.

    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.  Butterworth has also written monograph analyses of the political thought of Frantz Fanon and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  He is a member of several learned organizations and past-president of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) as well as of the Société Internationale pour l'Étude de l'Histoire de la Philosophie et la Science Arabe et Islamique (SIHSPAI).
    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, Charles 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).  He received his B.A. from Michigan State University.