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Islamic Studies: Fact, Method, Interpretation

On February 2–3, 2023, the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the support of the Ibn Sina Islamic Culture Research Foundation, is holding a scientific conference with international participation “Islamic Studies: Fact, Method, Interpretation”, timed to coincide with the publication of the first issue of the journal of Islamic philosophy “Ishraq”.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the image of modern Islamic studies, its tools and the state of its key areas. Like other humanitarian disciplines, Oriental studies have come a long historical way — from the work of European missionaries to the treatises of modern structuralists and phenomenologists. The diversity of scientists’ approaches to the subject of their professional interests is quite comparable with the richness of the studied material itself. Nevertheless, today's Oriental studies – and, in particular, academic Islamic studies — still need a broad discussion about both optics and the results of recent research. “Ishraq”, a yearbook of Islamic philosophy, served as a platform for such discussions for twelve years; The successor journal of the same name, founded by the Institute of Philosophy in 2022, is designed to continue the traditions of the yearbook, created by its untimely deceased editor, our dear colleague Janis Eshots.

The organizers of the conference invite friends of “Ishraq”, orientalists and multi-skilled Islamic scholars, who are wondering about the modern image of their disciplines, about the methods, goals and objectives of their studies, to participate. During the conference, it is planned to discuss the past and present of philosophical Islamic studies, its theoretical foundations and their practical application. The materials of the discussion, prepared by the participants, will be published in the next issues of the journal of Islamic philosophy “Ishraq”.

The conference program includes two sections – methodological and applied ones.

It is planned to present the first issue of the journal of Islamic philosophy “Ishraq” and the novelties of the academic series “Philosophical Thought of the Islamic World”.

Section meetings will be held on February 2–3, 2023 in the Academic Council Hall of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (109240, Moscow, Goncharnaya st., 12, building 1).

Conference working languages: Russian and Farsi (translation provided).

Participation in the conference is allowed in person.

The registration fee is not charged from the participants of the conference.

The materials presented by the participants, designed in accordance with the requirements of the editorial board, will be published in the next issues of the journal of Islamic philosophy “Ishraq”.

Conference program


February 2




10:00 - 10:30 - Opening of the Conference

Welcome Speech by Abdussalam A. Guseinov (IPh RAS);


Welcome Speech by Hamid Hadavimoghaddam (Ibn Sina Foundation).

10:30 - 13:30 - Session 1: The Method


1. Andrey A. Smirnov (IPh RAS). Philosophy and Oriental Studies.


2. Seyed Ahmad Ghaffari (Iranian Institute of Philosophy). Modern Islamic Studies Methodology.


3. Mohammad Javad Esmaeili (Iranian Institute of Philosophy). Traditional Philosophical Studies in Modern Iran.


4. Ahmad Hossein Sharifi (Qom University). Practical Ethics: Its Value and Foundations.


5. Bakhadir Musametov (Institute of History, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences). The Problem of Studying the Methodology of Scientific Research in the Medieval Muslim World.


6. Ruzana V. Pskhu (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia). The History of Early Sufism Studies: Names, Methods, Horizons.


7. Ilshat R. Nasyrov (IPh RAS). On the Importance of Interdisciplinary Interaction.


13:30 - 15:00 - Lunch Break


15:00 - 18:00 - Round Table  “Philosophical Tradition in History and Modernity: Prospects for Russian-Iranian Philosophical Dialogue”


Moderators:   Vladimir V. Sidorin (IPh RAS) and Musa Abdollahi (Allame Tabatabai University)


Speakers:   Ksenia V. Vorozhikhina, Alexandra I. Vakulinskaya, Vladimir V. Sidorin (IPh RAS);


                 Saed Anvaari, Mahdi Behniafar, Mohsen Habibi (Allame Tabatabai University).


February 3



10:00 - 13:00 - Session 2: The Fact and its Interpretations


1. Askar Dirbaz (Iranian Institute of Philosophy). “Feminist theology” and the Nature of Women's Influence on the Family and Society.

2. Vsevolod V. Zolotukhin (The Higher School of Economics). Islam as a Religious Studies Subject.


3. Vladimir A. Drozdov (St. Petersburg State University). The Problem of Authorship in Medieval Persian Writings.


4. Tatyana G. Korneeva and Yulia E. Fedorova (IPh RAS). The Principle of Tawhid by Nasir Khusraw and Farid al-Din Attar: Strategies of Interpretation.


5. Iskander R. Saitbattalov (Ufa University of Science and Technology). The Interpretation of Sufi Elements in the Turkic literature of Ural-Volga Region: Motives or Basis?


6. Andrey A. Lukashev and Faris O. Nofal (IPh RAS). Metaphysics of Act in Arabic and Persian Philosophical Traditions.


7. Shirin Mohamad Alyusef (Peoples' Friendship University of Russia). Religious Justification for the Creation of State according to Ibn al-Azraq.


13:00 - 14:30 - Lunch Break


14:30 - 17:30 - The Presentation of new volumes of "Philosophical Thought of the Islamic World" Series and the Journal of Islamic Philosophy "Ishraq"


Program Committee:

N.S. Kirabayev

A.V. Smirnov (Chairman)

E.A. Frolova


Organizing Committee:

K.Y. Burmistrov

T.G. Korneeva

A.A. Lukashev

F.O. Nofal

Y.E. Fedorova