Gulen Lecture Series at Catholic Theological Union 2015



is pleased to host

Fethullah Gulen Lecture Series


Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, and poet, as well as an educational and humanitarian activist.

Fethullah Gülen Lecture Series (FGLS) aims to live out Mr. Gülen’s life’s work by arranging lectures from scholars about Islam and universal values such as dialogue, democracy, education, family, justice and equity.

Catholic Theological Union
Catholic- Muslim Program represents

“Islamic Science and the European Scientific Tradition”

Prof. George Saliba is a historian of Arabic and Islamic Science. He has been teaching at Columbia University since 1978. After completing a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.A. at the American University of Beirut, he received another M.A. and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Saliba studies the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times, with a special focus on the transmission of astronomical and mathematical ideas from the Islamic world to Renaissance Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Reception at 4:00pm
Lecture and Q & A at 4:30pm-5:30pm

Venue & Host
Catholic Theological Union
5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

** Refreshments will be served

With the help and generous support of our partners, this event is free.

George Saliba
Professor of the History of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University

Saliba received his Bachelor of Science (1963) in mathematics and a Master of Arts (1965) from the American University of Beirut; he earned a Master of Science degree in Semitic languages and a doctorate in Islamic sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received a number of awards and honors, including the History of Science Prize given by the Third World Academy of Science in 1993, and the History of Astronomy Prize in 1996 from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science. He was also selected as a Distinguished Kluge Chair, at the Library of Congress (2005-2006), and as a Distinguished Carnegie Scholar (2009-2010).

In his website, he writes about himself: “I study the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity till early modern times, with a special focus on the various planetary theories that were developed within the Islamic civilization and the impact of such theories on early European astronomy.”

Saliba has been doing research on the transmission of mathematical and astronomical ideas from the Islamic world to Europe during the 15-16th centuries.



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