(Video podcast): Time, Language, Mind and Freedom: The modern Arab intellectual tradition in four words

This lecture was organized by the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies and took place at the University of Oslo October 28, 2016. Watch the video podcast here. 

A seminar with Associate Professor Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto.hanssen-bilde

What is the relationship between thought and practice in the domains of language, literature and politics? Is thought the only standard by which to measure intellectual history? How did Arab intellectuals change and affect political, social, cultural and economic developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries? Using Hourani’s Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798-1939 (Cambridge, 1962) as a starting point, this talk explores key trends and concepts in the development of intellectual history in the modern Arab world.

Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history at the University of Toronto. His present research focuses on the intersections between German, Jewish and Arab intellectual histories and has yielded “Kafka and Arabs”, and “Translating Revolution: Hannah Arendt and Arab Political Culture.” The present talk is taken from his introduction of Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda (CUP) co-edited with Max Weiss.