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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

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

Shatha Almutawa, American University
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Off Campus Location
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:
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Jewish Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Judaic Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)