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"SELF AND THE UNIVERSE IN SUFISM" IS THE TOPIC OF A LECTURE BY ISLAMIC SCHOLAR AND AUTHOR PARVIZ MOREWEDGE June 18th talk is presented by the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Parviz Morewedge, a specialist in Near Eastern philosophical theology, will give a lecture on the topic of "Self and the Universe in Sufism," on Monday, June 18. The luncheon lecture, to be held in Bard Hall, is presented by the Institute of Advanced Theology (IAT) at Bard College and will begin at 12:00 noon. Reservations and a $5.00 donation are requested.

"Professor Morewedge is ideally qualified to correct many misconceptions regarding Islam in the United States today," explains the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton, director of the IAT and Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College. He continues, "Morewedge's mature, scholarly insight reveals the deep currents of philosophical inquiry that nurtured the roots of Islamic thought and still informs it in our time."

Morewedge is a publications manager and senior research fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at SUNY Binghamton. He has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia, Cornell, New York University, Fordham, UCLA, and SUNY Binghamton. In addition, he has led seminars in London, Ankara, Rome, Tehran, and Kuala Lumpur. He is the author of 10 books, including Essays in Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism; Islamic Theology; Philosophy of Existence Ancient and Medieval; and The Metaphysica of Avicenna (Ibn SinA). Morewedge is editor-in-chief of the Islamic Translation Series and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. In addition to these, he is a member of the editorial boards of 15 scholarly texts and journals.

Morewedge has organized more than 20 international conferences on Greek, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic philosophical traditions and he is presently organizing a conference this summer in China. He serves as secretary-treasurer for the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, was a National Endowment for the Humanities grant advisor, and served as acting dean of Arya Mehr University in Isfahan, Iran, in 1977.

Founded at Bard in 1996, the Institute of Advanced Theology seeks to illuminate religious diversity by emphasizing the common points of intersection among different religious traditions. Since its inception, the Institute has focused on the ways in which religions influence history, society, and other religions and are in turn influenced by them. The Institute gratefully acknowledges support provided by the Crohn Family Trust and the Tisch Family Foundation and grants from The Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Bard College.

For further information and reservations for the luncheon lecture, call the Institute at 845-758-7279 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 06-08-2001