Attend Khalil Andani’s Presentation at University of Toronto: The Concept of Knowledge (‘ilm) according to Nasir-i Khusraw

Khalil Andani will be giving a presentation as part of the Annual Symposium organized by the The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Toronto.

Attend Khalil Andani's Presentation at University of Toronto: The Concept of Knowledge ('ilm) according to Nasir-i KhusrawThe nature of knowledge has been a great concern for many theologians and philosophers throughout human history. Knowledge is fundamental to the worldview and thought of Nasir-i Khusraw – a renowned thinker, poet and sage of the eleventh century who belonged to the Shi‘i Ismaili branch of Islam. For him, the Cosmos has been created for the purpose of knowledge and its acquisition by human beings.

This presentation will explain how Nasir Khusraw presents two modes of knowing: intellectual-perceptual knowledge, and acquired-conceptual knowledge. Nasir regards both kinds of knowledge as complementary stages in the spiritual journey that culminates in the recognition of the oneness (tawhid) of God.

Thursday March 14, 2013 – 10:00am until 12:00pm
4 Bancroft Street – Conference Room 200B, University of Toronto St. George

Khalil Andani - khalilandani.comKhalil Andani – is Ph.D candidate (ABD) and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2014-2019) at Harvard University studying Muslim intellectual history with a focus on Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism. His dissertation in progress focuses on how Muslims understand the nature and revelation of the Qur’an, with special attention to the concepts of scripture (kitab), revelatory inspiration (wahy), and hermeneutics in the Qur’an, classical Sunni exegesis (tafsir), classical Sunni kalam theology, and Shi’i Ismaili thought. His focus area in Ismaili thought is the theology and philosophy of Nasir-i Khusraw (d. ca. 1088).

His publications include articles in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Religion Compass, The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, forthcoming chapters in A Guide to Sufi Literature and Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion, and two articles in Sacred Web. He has also taught several courses in Islamic studies and religious studies as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. His recent conference papers and academic talks are featured on his Research Blog.

Khalil holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (2014), specializing in Islamic philosophy and Ismaili thought, from Harvard University. He is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and articled with KPMG Canada and also completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008).

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  1. Was this session (Khalil Andani’s presentation on Mar 14 at NMCGSA Graduate symposium UofT) recorded and do you expect to post these videos on your web site for general on demand viewing?


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