Current Schedule

Kamel Center Lecture Program 2019-2020

Fall 2019

September 17 The Islamic Enlightenment

Christopher de Bellaigue, Journalist

Special series: What is Different in Islam’s Post-Classical Period? New Perspectives on Philosophy, the Sciences, and Ethics


October 15: What is Post-Classical Philosophy in Islam? (Room 128)
Frank Griffel, Yale University


October 22: Contradictions and Ambiguities—The Method of Post-Classical Philosophy in Islam

Frank Griffel, Yale University


October 29: Transcending Character: The Place of Virtue in Post-Classical Sufi Ethical Commentaries

Cyrus Zargar, University of Central Florida


November 5: Cosmic Order and Natural Law in Islamic Science

Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College


Spring 2020

February 4: Caliphal Tribunals and Anarchical Fallacies: Medieval Arabic Petitions from the Cairo Geniza 

(room 128) Marina Rustow, Princeton University


February 18, 25, and March 3: Special Series by Bernard Haykel of Princeton University on the Modern History of Saudi Arabia


March 24: Re-writing the History of Islamic Law: Shiism and the Problem of Legal Orthodoxy 

(room 128) Robert Gleave, Exeter University


April 7: The Language of Authority in early Islam: the evolving meanings of the term Sultan

Hugh Kennedy, SOAS University of London


The Kamel lectures are free, open to the public, and begin at 4:15 pm in the Faculty Lounge, unless otherwise indicated.