Rationalism and Sacred Text, 10th-12th ...
CSIC, Madrid, 29 November – 1 December 2006
Location: Centro de Humanidades, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones
Científicas (Duque de Medinaceli 6, 28014 Madrid) - Escuela de
Traductores de Toledo, Toledo
Organization: María Ángeles Gallego (firstname.lastname@example.org), tel.
(00-34) 914290626 Ext. 2807, Fax (00-34) 913690940
Secretary: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Sorbonne)
Scientific Committee: Amira K. Bennison (Cambridge University), María
Ángeles Gallego (CSIC), Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Université de la
Sorbonne), Maria Teresa Ortega Monasterio (CSIC).
Note: Papers are 20-25 mins long and will be followed by 10mins
discussion each; plenaries are 45mins long and will be followed by
Wednesday 29 November
9:30 – 9:45am: Registration
9:45am – 10:00am: Opening remarks
María Teresa Ortega Monasterio – Director of the Institute of
10:00am – First Plenary (Introduced by María Teresa Ortega Monasterio)
Haggai Ben Shammai (Hebrew University – Jerusalem): "Exegesis in the
Service of Rationalist Theology: Saadya's Interpretation of
Deterministic Expressions in the Bible"
11:00am – Coffee and tea break
First Session – Chair: Amira Bennison
11:30am – Juan Pedro Monferrer (Universidad de Córdoba): "Reasoning
Tradition: Sa'adyah ha-Ga'on's Judaeo-Arabic translation of Psalm 29"
12:00am – Michael Wechsler (University of Chicago): "Parallels to the
"Five Theses" of the Mu'tazila in Yefet's ben Eli's Commentary on
12:30pm – Esperanza Alfonso (Universidad Complutense – Madrid):
"Prefaces to Proverbs: Yefet ben Eli and Saadya Gaon"
13:00 – Friedrich Niessen (Cambridge University):"The rationalistic
exegesis of a Karaite Commentary on Hosea"
13:30pm-2pm – General discussion
2pm-4pm – Lunch break
Second Session – Chair: Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid)
4pm – Sabine Schmidtke (Freie Universität Berlin): "An anonymous
Jewish refutation of Samaw´al al-Maghribi´s Ifham al-yahud"
4:30pm – Amira Bennison (Cambridge University): "Vagaries of Almohadanism"
5:00pm – Delfina Serrano Ruano (CSIC, Madrid) - "A matter of faith, a matter of
reason: two Andalusian refutations against anthropomorfism"
5:30pm-6pm – General discussion
6:00pm – Coffee and tea break
Third Session – Chair: Mariano Gómez Aranda
6:30pm – Fred Astren (San Francisco State University): "Explaining and
Exploiting the Past: Strategies for Historicizing Islam by Karaites
7:00pm – Marina Rustow (Emory University): "The social and
institutional history of Rabbanite-Karaite relations in the eleventh
7:00pm-7:30pm – General discussion
Thursday, 30 November
Location: Escuela de Traductores de Toledo, Toledo
8:30am: Bus to Toledo
10:•00am – Second Plenary (Introduced by Juan Pedro Monferrer)
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Sorbonne): "Rationalism in medieval Hebrew
11:00am – Coffee and tea break
Fourth Session – Chair: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger
11:30am – Salvador Peña (Universidad de Málaga): "In praise of Islamic
humanism: the learned toward the language God spoke"
12:00pm – María Ángeles Gallego (CSIC, Madrid): "Extended meanings:
Semantic rationalism in Karaite grammatical thought"
12:30pm – Gregor Schwarb: "Mutazilite theories of signification
(dalala) and the interpretation of sacred texts"
1:00pm – José Martínez Delgado (Universidad de Granada): "The
lexicographical theories of Shelomo ben Mubarak the Karaite in his
1:30pm – General discussion
2:00pm – Lunch
4:00pm: Guided Visit of Toledo
6:30pm: Return to Madrid
Friday, 1 December
9:•30am – Third Plenary (Introduced by María Ángeles Gallego)
Daniel Lasker (Ben Gurion University): "The use of reason in Rabbanite
and Karaite exegesis of the Bible"
10:30am – Coffee and tea break
Fifth Session – Chair: Delfina Serrano
11:00am – Camilla Adang (Tel Aviv University): "Rationalism and
anti-rationalism in Ibn Hazm's approach to the Scriptures"
11:30am – Mordechai Cohen (Yeshiva University – New York): "Maimonides
and Samuel ben Hofni On the Terms Peshut,o Shel Miqra and Z)?hir
12:00pm – Mariano Gómez Aranda (CSIC, Madrid): "Abraham ibn Ezra´s
rational approach to the book of Esther: tradition and innovation"
12:30pm - Omar Ali de Unzaga (Institute of Ismaili Studies – London):
"A philosophical exegesis of the Quran: The Ikhwan al-Safa"
1:00pm: General Discussion
1:30pm: Closing remarks. End of the conference