First "Philosophy and Translation" International Conference about Early Greek Philosophical Texts Translated into Arabic: Ap

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Translation and Knowledge Integration Laboratory, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Cadi Ayyad University

Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences – Marrakech

Translation and Knowledge Integration Laboratory


The First "Philosophy and Translation" International Conference about Early Greek Philosophical Texts Translated into Arabic: Approaches and Ramifications - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech, Morocco,

In honor of Professor Mohamed TOUQUI

Call for Papers

The early Arabic philosophical texts which transferred the Greek concepts and aesthetic, and metaphysical perceptions from their original cultural contexts into the Arabic language and thought are of very great importance because they indicate the beginning of the contact between the Arabic culture and Greek philosophy. They also chronicle an important period in the history of Arabic and Islamic civilization and the history of Humanity in general.
As is the case in every interchange between intellectually, ideologically and religiously different systems, this contact has meant moving from the common expressive level and familiar intellectual perception of a language to another. In the process, the target language and culture opened up to a multitude of new terms, uncommon conceptual systems and unprecedented anthological and metaphysical issues.
In the Arabic /Greek situation, the interaction between the two did indeed enrich the old Arabic thought with terminological mechanisms and different perceptions of the world. It was also a real test for the Arabic language and civilization's ability to interact with different intellectual and cultural activities and keep pace with the different incoming theoretical and conceptual systems. As such, it became an urgent task for the emerging Arabo-Islamic civilization to emphasize its ability to be creative in all fields.
Despite the fact that the translation of ancient sciences in the Arabo-Islamic civilization officially started with the Abbasid dynasty, the cognitive and lexical discourse began prior to this date along with the other cultures. In addition, the translators followed various paths in transferring the early sciences, be it at the official outset of the translation movement or in its very early days. Translators also followed different approaches depending on the characteristics of the source text and its subject matter. It goes without saying that these translators realized the magnitude of that historical and intellectual point in time, which coincided with the more general historical and intellectual atmosphere in which the original sciences flourished and became well established.
By discussing aspects of the interaction between the adopted foreign sciences and the original ones, emphasizing the early Greek philosophical texts translated by the Arabs and investigating their methods and mechanisms, we can redefine the features of a precise moment in the history of the emergence and development of philosophical thought amongst the Arabs. Interestingly enough, investiating the early Arabic philosophical texts and delving into their structures and ways of expression could unveil the early manifestations of the Arabs' philosophical thought and help capture the trends in transferring Greek concepts into the Arabic culture. In so doing, we could also show the first theoretical underpinning upon which later Muslim philosophers based themselves to explain and summarize the Greek heritage. Furthermore, it could show that many of the perceptions and terminologies which those philosophers presented were not all a product of their own thought. Rather, they based their interpretations on the earlier translators of the Greek philosophers.

This conference calls upon all interested parties and researchers in this field to examine and analyze these early translated texts in light of theoretical or historical approaches and to adopt practical approaches to these texts focusing on the following fields of studies:
1. Medicine books.
2. Teaching Sciences: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, mechanics, music, measures and weights.
3. Logic: Isagoge, Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics (analogy), Posterior Analytics (evidence), dialectic, sophistry, Rhetoric and Poetics.
4. Natural Sciences: Physics, On Generation and Corruption, Meteorology, On the Heavens, On the Universe, plants, animals, On the Soul, Little Physical Treatises.

The Conference Coordinator:

Dr. Moulay Youssef Al-Edrissy (Faculty of Arts and Humanities- Marrakech

Members of the Scientific Committee:

Dr. Abbas Arhila Cadi Ayyad University
Dr. Abduljalil Hannoush, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech
Dr. Abdulkader Hamdi- Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech
Dr. Abdulhamid Zahid - Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech
Dr. Moulay Yussef Al-Edrissy- Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences - Marrakech
Dr. Hassan Darir- Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- Marrakech
Dr. Nabeel Alkhatib- The Lebanese University of Beirut, Lebanon
Dr. Zeyad Saleh Azoa'by- Alyarmouk University, Jordan
Dr. Abdullah Albahlol, Alqairawan University, Tunisia
Dr. Abdurazak Belhaqruz, Stif University, Algeria

General Conditions

• The paper should have the specifications of solid scientific research.
• The paper should be between 15 and 20 A4 pages written in MS-Word format, 1.5 spaced, Time new Romans, front size 12.
• The abstract should be 300-500 words using MS-Word format on A 4 paper (Times New Romans, font 12, double-spaced) and should be sent as an attachment.
• Use The APA documentation style throughout the paper. In particular, use parenthetical in-text citations (the author's last name, date of publication, and where relevant the page number from which material is borrowed) instead of endnotes and footnotes and use references for the list of all sources at the end of the paper. The use of op. cit. is to be avoided. All quoted material should have full location reference.
• For those who opt to transliterate Arabic words, a standardized transliteration system is to be followed such as the one adopted by the Library of Congress and the American Library Association (

• Working languages, Arabic, English and French.

Important Dates
• The abstract, participation form and CV must be submitted no later than 28/02/2015.
• The date for the announcement of the initial acceptance of abstracts: 15/03/2015.
• Deadline for sending the whole research: 30/06/2015.
• Final Selection of Papers by the Academic Committee: 01/09/2015
• The date of the conference: 18-19 / November, 2015
• Conference Venue: Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University– Marrakech
Abstracts, application forms and complete papers are sent to the email:

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The First "Philosophy and Translation" International Conference about the Early Greek Philosophical Texts Translated by Arabs

Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech 18-19/11/2015

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