Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Islamicate Context

May 9, 2018 - May 11, 2018
Center for Phenomenological Studies, Higher Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain


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  • Department of Philosophy, Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey
  • Institute for Islamic Sciences and Modern Oriental Philology, University of Bern, Switzerland


Massimo Campanini
University of Trento
Nader El-Bizri
American University of Beirut
Mohammed Chaouki Zine
University of Tlemcen


Sylvain Camilleri
Catholic University of Louvain
Selami Varlik
Istanbul 29 Mayis University

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L’herméneutique philosophique en contexte islamique Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Islamicate Context
Colloque international / International Conference Université catholique de Louvain May 9–11 Mai 2018


Organisé par / Organized by

- Institut supérieur de philosophie, Centre d’études phénoménologiques, UCLouvain (S. Camilleri)
- Department of Philosophy, Istanbul 29 Mayis University (S. Varlik)
- Institut für Islamwissenschaft und neuere orientalische Philologie, Universität Bern (U. Goeskens & K. Moser)

This conference would like to engage with one specific context among all those which were and still are, as it were, “affected” by philosophical hermeneutics: the Islamicate context. The latter seems particularly relevant: on the one hand because it is intimately intertwined with the Western context; on the other hand because the Islamicate context retains a clear reference to religion that makes its entanglement with philosophical hermeneutics a burning challenge for all parties involved. The universality of the hermeneutic order should be put to the test of the Islamicate context within three different angles: the exegetical aspect, in order to see in what extend philosophical hermeneutics can contribute to rethink the understanding of the Koran in the contemporary context; the interpretative aspect, to address different contemporary attempts to reinterpret the classical – philosophical, spiritual or legal – heritage; the critical aspect, to present different political and critical issues raised by the question of the encounter between philosophical hermeneutics and Islamic thought.

Mercredi / Wednesday 9

Lieu / Venue: Salle du Conseil FIAL, Place du Cardinal Mercier 14


Herméneutique philosophique et exegese coranique en contexte contemporain

Philosophical Hermeneutics and Qur’anic Exegesis in the Contemporary context

9:45 Welcoming words

10:00 Keynote lecture n°1: Massimo Campanini (Università di Trento), “Philosophical Commentaries on the Qur'an in the Twentieth Century: from Hermeneutics to Praxis”


Pause café / Coffee break

11:15 Urs Goeskens (Universität Bern),

“Shifting Concepts of Religion among Muslim Reformist Theologians and Intellectuals in the Light of Hermeneutics (Nasr Hamid Abu Zeid and Abdolkarim Soroush)”

12:00 Abdessamed Belhaj (UCLouvain),

« Al-Jali d’Abou Ya'rub al-Marzuqi : premier commentaire philosophique entier du Coran ? »


Pause déjeuner / Lunch Break

14:30 Carool Kersten (University College London),

“From Methods of Exegesis to Hermeneutics of Alterity: The Writings of Hasan Hanafi and Hamid Dabashi as Examples of Hermeneutical Thinking in Islamicate Contexts”

15:15 Mansooreh Khalilizand (Universität Erlangen),

“Revelation and Prophetic Reading of the World. Shabestari’s Hermeneutical approach to the Concept of Revelation”

Pause café / Coffee break

16:15 Constance Arminjon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes),

« De la critique des méthodes exégétiques à la doctrine de l’historicité du Coran : Mojtahed Shabestarî et l’acclimation de l’herméneutique en Islam »

Jeudi / Thursday 10

Lieu / Venue: Louvain House, 4 Terrasse de l'Aula

Revisiter l’héritage classique

Revisiting the Classical Heritage

9:45 Keynote lecture n°2

Nader El-Bizri (American University of Beirut),

“Ontologico-Epistemic Directives in the Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Falsafa


Pause café / Coffee break


11:00 Selami Varlik (Istanbul 29 Mayis University),

« Phénoménologie christologique vs. philosophie islamique : Ricoeur et le conflit entre inquiétude et certitude »

11:45 Alireza Shomali (Wheaton College),

“The Idea of Political Hermeneutics in Farabi’s Philosophy”

Pause déjeuner / Lunch Break

14:15 Naveen Kanalu Ramamurthy (University of California),

“Hermeneutics in Premodern Islamic Jurisprudential Culture: Interpreting God’s Law through Human Reason”

15:00 Ali Pharaa (Stony Brook University),

“Ibn ‘Arabi’s Station of No Station as a Hermeneutics of Beauty”

Pause café / Coffee break

16 :00 Gregory Vandamme (UCLouvain),

« La perplexité (hayra) au cœur du langage de la révélation dans l’herméneutique coranique d’Ibn ‘Arabî »

16:45 Keynote lecture n°3

Mohammed Chaouki Zine (Université de Tlemcen),

« Interpréter ou ne pas interpréter : La “docte ignorance” de la question herméneutique chez Ibn ‘Arabî »

Vendredi / Friday 11

Lieu / Venue: Salle du Conseil FIAL, Place Cardinal Mercier

Enjeux critiques et politiques

Critical and Political Issues

9:30 Mustafa Ali (The Open University),

“Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals”

10:15 Thomas Sojer (Universität Innsbruck),

“Entangled: The Grand Narratives and their Influences on Hermeneutics” 

Pause café / Coffee break

11:15 Ezra Tzfadya (Universität Erlangen/Universität Bamberg),

“The 19th Century Origins of Wilayat al-Faqih:  A Philosophic-Hermeneutic Approach to ‘Aql’ in the Thought of Mullah Ahmad Naraqi”


Pause déjeuner / Lunch break

14:00 Ahmad Bostani (Kharazmi University of Tehran),

“Henry Corbin’s Hermeneutical Approach: A Critical Appraisal”

14:45 Iddo Dickmann (UCLouvain/University of Colorado),

“The Hermeneutic Concept of Naskh

Pause café / Coffee break

15:45 Sylvain Camilleri (UCLouvain),

“Outline of a ‘Radical Hermeneutics’ of the Qur’an”

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