Mirza Family Chair Inaugural Lecture: Debating Progress and History in Islamic Thought

Eck Visitor's Center I Zoom
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., March 24, 2022

This event is part of the Mirza Family Chair Inaugural Lecture and Symposium. We invite the local community to join us in person and no registration is required. The global community can register on Zoom to join us virtually.

Register to attend the Inaugural Lecture or to attend the Symposium.

This lecture by Ebrahim Moosa, Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies, will seek to demonstrate that the critique of modernity from both in the West and outside of it requires confronting the limits of the concept of progress as well as avenues for theorizing it anew. More specifically, it will explore the mixed reception of discourses of progress in Muslim majority societies and ask: Can progress be Islamic? And if so, how might progress in these contexts be reconceptualized? Finally, how might a non-Western Islamic perspective address the critiques of modernity that have hitherto not resulted in significant change?


Ebrahim Moosa

Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies