GW University Seminar: Islam and Ways of Knowing

Tue, 2 May, 2023 11:00am - 12:30pm
GW | GSEHD (logo)   |  GW University Seminar: Islam and Ways of Knowing  |  Featuring: Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, GW


  • Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, GW

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Arshad I. Ali, GW Associate Professor of Educational Research
  • Dr. Ebtissam Oraby, GW Teaching Assistant Professor of Arabic and GSEHD Alumna (Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction)


Featured Speaker: Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, currently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, is one of the most important and foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies in the world today. Author of over fifty books and five hundred articles which have been translated into several major Islamic, European and Asian languages, Professor Nasr is a well known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and the Islamic world.

The range of subjects and areas of study which Professor Nasr has involved and engaged himself with in his academic career and intellectual life are immense. As demonstrated by his numerous writings, lectures and speeches, Professor Nasr speaks and writes with great authority on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from philosophy to religion to spirituality, to music and art and architecture, to science and literature, to civilizational dialogues and the natural environment.

For Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the quest for knowledge, specifically knowledge which enables man to understand the true nature of things and which furthermore, "liberates and delivers him from the fetters and limitations of earthly existence," has been and continues to be the central concern and determinant of his intellectual life.

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr headshot


Learn More about the GW University Seminar:

And the Earth was Laid Out for All Living Beings” - Muslim Epistemologies, Science, and Non-western Ways of Knowing

This series of conversations, hosted by Dr. Arshad I. Ali and Dr. Ebtissam Oraby, explores the intersection of education, science, and Muslim epistemologies. We aim to expand our understanding of who knowers can be and what ways of knowing are valued. We aim to understand what science means across diverse non-western knowledge systems.

For education to engage all young people, we must cultivate learning in a polyverse of scientific epistemologies and not simply rely upon Westernized conceptions of knowledge. By expanding notions of science and scientific epistemology, not only can more diverse individuals pursue scientific knowledge, but we can cultivate opportunities for more diverse questions to address our current ecological crisis, for example.

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