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The Buddha in 10th-17th Century Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Narratives

April 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Shatha Almutawa, American University
The history of exchange between Buddhists and Arabs began in pre-Islamic times and flourished in the Abbasid period with the translation of Sanskrit texts into Arabic and the adaptation of different biographies of the Buddha. Focusing on the transmission of the story of the Buddha’s life into Arabic in the tenth century, this lecture examines a Muslim philosophical text, Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa (The Epistles of the Sincere Brothers or the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity), that quotes the Buddha alongside respected prophets and philosophers from different religious backgrounds and retells the story of the Buddha’s life. The lecture examines the role of the story of the Buddha’s life in the philosophy of Ikhwan al-Safa and its reception by Christian and Jewish communities.
Image Credit: Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Advance Registration Required: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/2316106332669/WN_MdSlBsNySAG9jIix5dklTQ

Details

Date:
April 20
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/2316106332669/WN_MdSlBsNySAG9jIix5dklTQ

Organizer

University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Phone:
7346158503
Email:
js-event-coord@umich.edu
Website:
https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic

Other

Open to the Community
Yes
Organization Name
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

Venue

Virtual