HIST Seminar: Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)



Dimitri Gutas, one of the world’s foremost scholars in the field of Arabic and Islamic Studies, will be visiting Sabanci University between 16-25 November.

He will be giving two talks, one in the form of a campus (FASS) seminar for graduate students and interested faculty members, and the other as a public lecture for invited guests from the academic community and other walks of life.

Prof. Gutas has tentatively set “Arabic and Islamic Studies in Western Academia Today” as his seminar topic and “The Arabic-Islamic Background of Western Philosophy and Science” as the title of his public lecture.

The seminar is scheduled for 4 pm on Tuesday, 17th November, at FASS G022. The time and venue for the public lecture will be announced separately.

Born inCairo, Dimitri Gutas grew up and went to school inIstanbul in the 1950s and 60s, graduating from Robert Academy in 1965. He then did his BA (1969), MA (1969) and PhD (1974) at Yale University. Since 1989 he has been Professor of Arabic and Graeco-Arabic at Yale’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Some of Prof. Gutas’s numerous books and articles have also been translated and published in Turkey.

This will be Dimitri Gutas’s first visit toIstanbul and Turkey since he left to attend Yale in Fall 1966.