※schedule changed※CISMOR workshop on 7/16


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Due to unavoidable circumstances, schedule has been changed to take place only online and starts at 9:00am on July 16 in Japan time. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by this.


【Theme】“Those Who Worship Other Than You” The Plurality of Religions in Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s Keter Malkhut”

In the eighth canto of Keter Malkhut, Ibn Gabirol refers to “those who worship other than You” whose “intent is to reach You.” With this verse, the poet likely alludes not only (or perhaps not even) to Muslims and Christians, the most common religious others in medieval Hebrew poetry, but also to other groups with which the poet had no direct experience. This paper will consider the canto in the context of Jewish thought concerning monotheistic and non-monotheistic religions, particularly within Ibn Gabirol’s particular ontological system.  Further, the paper will ground Ibn Gabirol’s atypical formulation in the context of Ismaili theology, especially as expressed in the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity, that informed the development of Neoplatonism in al-Andalus.

【Lecturer】 Prof. Jonathan Decter, Professor at the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studeis, Head of the Humanities Division, Brandeis University, USA

【Commentators】 Dr. Masahiro Shida, Lecturer, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo// Dr. Koji Yamashiro Project researcher, the Research Center for Advanced Technology and Science, the University of Tokyo

【Date】 Saturday July 16, 2022, 9:00-11:00 13:00-15:00

【Venue】On line(zoom) & On site ( Imadegawa campus, Doshisha University)

For registration, please write to CISMOR office with the following information Subject_7/16 workshop Contents_1) Your name 2) Your Affiliation 3) Email address 4) how to participate : on site or online Email to CISMOR office: Registration closes on July 10, 2022

Further information including Access, Zoom link will be sent to the applicants from CISMOR office by two days before the workshop.