Reading Session on What Is A Madrasa? With Prof Ebrahim Moosa

December 30, 2017


Date: Friday, 5th January 2018
Time: 7 – 10PM
Venue: Graha Pemuda, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
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In What is a Madrasa? the author Ebrahim Moosa, born and raised in South Africa and now teaching in the USA, tells of his journey as a student in India’s orthodox or traditional schools. While doing so he also entertains the reader with many interesting details about life within madrasas as well as what is taught and how it is taught. Readers will come to know some of the many classical authors whose books are studied and what the value is of a traditional education. At the same time Moosa is also a friendly critic of the madrasa pointing out some of the deficits in that education. He remains indebted to the solid training of the madrasa but also advocates that there should be healthy synergies and engagement with contemporary knowledge if the Islamic intellectual tradition related to especially matters of religion is to play a meaningful role in the twenty-first century.

700PM:           Solat and Dinner
800-810PM:    Opening speech by Moderator, Muhammad Thufail Sayuti
810-900PM:    Pesentation by Professor Ebrahim Moosa
900-10PM:      Discussion
1000PM:         End

Organized by: Islamic Renaissance Front


Speaker’s Biography
Dr. Ebrahim Moosa is a Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Ebrahim Moosa’s interpretative and historical research on questions related to Islamic tradition, ethics and law include two monographs as well as several edited and co-edited books. His prize-winning book Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination (University of North Carolina Press, 2005) was awarded the Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion.  And, is the author What is a Madrasa? (University of North Carolina Press, 2015. His publications include several co-edited books, among them The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring (Georgetown University Press 2015); Islam in the Modern World (Routledge 2014) and, Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges, (Amsterdam University Press, Spring, 2010). He is also the editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism (Oxford: Oneworld, 2000). Moosa has published influential essays on Islamic law, theology as well as contemporary Muslim ethics, bioethics, biotechnology and political thought.  Moosa is also regarded as a prominent public intellectual. In 2007 he was invited to deliver the 2007 King Hasan Lecture (Durus Hasaniyya) to his Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Arabic.