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Talk at Koç 25 February: Victoria Rowe Holbrook, “Plato in the Quran: Seeing the Truth”

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Dr. Victoria Rowe Holbrook (İstanbul Bilgi) will present “Plato in the Quran: Seeing the Truth” as part of the Certificate in Classical Studies Guest Lecture Series at Koç University.

Time and Date: 17:30-19:00 on Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Location: SOS B11, Koç University

Abstract: Plato’s thought was a major factor in the Arabic Translation Movement of the 9th-10th centuries, and myriad afterlives of his topics and themes are attested in philosophical and imaginative literature in Persian and Turkish.  The status of Hellenism in the oral culture of 7th-century pre-Islamic Arabia, however, is only beginning to be assessed.  My recent research is focused on Platonic material in the Gracious Quran.  In this talk I will analyze the Quranic transposition of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

About the Speaker: Victoria Rowe Holbrook teaches philosophy in the Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture.  She acquired her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.A and Ph.D. from Princeton Near Eastern Studies.  She has taught at Columbia, Bosphorus, Koç and Bilkent Universities, as well as at Ohio State University, where for eighteen years she directed the program she founded in Ottoman and Modern Turkish Literary and Cultural Studies.  She has published numerous articles, monographs and translations in the fields of Islamic thought and Turkish literature. The Turkish translation of her The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance is in its 7th printing, and among her translations are The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk, The New Cultural Climate in Turkey by Nurdan Gürbilek, Listen: The Spiritual Couplets of Mevlana Rumi by Kenan Rifai, and the forthcoming O Mankind, a commentary on the Quran by Cemalnur Sargut. 

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Written by roberthowton

February 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm

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