on the Border of Civilizations

Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics of Avicenna



07 June 2018
Amos Bertolacci speaks about Avicenna’s Šifāʾ from Safavid Iran to the Mughal Empire


Conference on Safavid and Mughal Empires in Contact: Intellectual and Religious Exchanges between Iran and India in Early Modern Period, Institute of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 7-8 June 2018, organized by R. Pourjavady and K. Rezania




Thursday, 07 June 2018

09.45 - 10:00: Alexandra Cuffel (Bochum) and Reza Pourjavady (Bochum), Welcome Address & Introduction

10.00 - 12.00 Panel 1: Šīʿī Theology and Philosophy in Iran & India

Chair: Reza Pourjavady (Bochum)

Sajjad Rizvi (Exeter), Šīʿī Theology and Polemics between Iran and India: The Case of Sayyid Nurullāh Šūštarī

Asad Q. Ahmed (Berkeley, CA), Philosophical Commentaries and Mīr Dāmādʼs Legacy in India

12:00 - 01:30 Lunch

01:30 - 03:30 Panel 2: Philosophical Exchanges between Iran & India

Chair: Cornelia Schöck (Bochum)

Amos Bertolacci (Pisa), Avicenna’s Šifāʾ from Safavid Iran to the Mughal Empire: On Ms. Rampur Raza Library, 3476

Hassan Rezakhani (Berkeley, CA), The Liar Paradox: Some Safavid and Mughal Solutions

03:30 - 04:00 Coffee break

04:00 - 06:00 Panel 3: Intellectual Impacts of Christian Missionaries on Iran & India

Chair: Kianoosh Rezania (Bochum)

Haila Manteghi Amin (Münster), The Discussions on Jerónimo Javier's (1549–1617) Āʾīna-yi haqqnamā in the Safavid Persia

Reza Pourjavady (Bochum), ʿAbd al-Sattār Lāhūrī’s Samrat al-falāsafa and its Possible Impact on Later Safavid Doxographies

06:30 Dinner


Friday, 08 June 2018

10:00 - 12:00 Panel 4: Intellectual and Cultural Connections between Iran & India 

Chair: Stefan Reichmuth (Bochum)

Shankar Nair (Charlottesville, VA), Bridging Empires at the Edge of Empires: Mīr Findiriskīʼs Philosophical Excursions

Colin Mitchell (Halifax), Patronage, Adab, and the Trans-Imperial: The Case of 


12:00 - 01:00 Lunch

01:00 - 03:00 Panel 5: Āzar Keyvānis as a Link between Iran & India

Chair: Jessie Pons (Bochum)

Takeshi Aoki (Hamamatsu), Āzar Keyvān School in Historical Context: Zoroastrianism, Sufism and Mughal India

Kianoosh Rezania (Bochum), Did Āzar Keyvānīs Know Zoroastrian Sources? Some Remarks to the Literary Sources of Āzar Keyvānīs

03:00 - 04:00 General Discussion