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11/29/08

Madrid to host conference on Avicenna and Averroes


TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Complutense University of Madrid is to hold a conference to review thoughts of the masters of philosophy Avicenna and Averroes.

The one-day conference is being held with the aim to make the Spanish Iranologists familiar with the two prominent figures, Iran's cultural attaché in Spain Ahmad Khezri told the Persian service of IRNA.


Canon of Medicine

A group of Iranian and Spanish scholars will present their papers on the thoughts, character, and lofty position of the two masters in the session on December 4, he said, adding, "Professor of philosophy Rafael Ramon Guerrero, as well as Iranian Ahmad Ahmadi from Tehran's University of Tarbiat-e Modarres are among the participants."

Abu Ali al-Husayn ibn Abd Allah ibn Sina, known as Abu Ali Sina and commonly known in English by his Latinized name Avicenna was born in c. 980 near Bukhara, contemporary Uzbekistan, and died 1037 in Hamedan, Iran.



Avicenna's mausoleum in Hamedan, Iran
Iran's Avicenna symbolized complicated links between orient, occident
 

He was a Persian polymath and the foremost physician and philosopher of his time. He was also an astronomer, chemist, geologist, logician, paleontologist, mathematician, physicist, poet, psychologist, scientist, soldier, statesman, and teacher.

Abu l-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd better known just as Ibn Rushd and in European literature as Averroes (1126 -1198), was an Andalusian polymath: a master of early Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, and jurisprudence, logic, psychology, Arabic music theory, and the sciences of medicine, astronomy, geography, mathematics and physics.

He was born in Cordoba, modern day Spain, and died in Marrakech, modern day Morocco.

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