Scientists around the world study legacy of Al-Farabi
An international scientific symposium “Al-Farabi: life and legacy” dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of the great scholar of the East took place at the Oxford University, reported press service of Kazakh Foreign Ministry. Leading research scientists of the Al-Farabi heritage from the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, the United States and Germany took part in the event that was held online. Kazakh Ambassador to the United Kingdom Yerlan Idrissov in his speech noted that the Second Teacher is a world-class figure. This is evidenced by the fact that such authoritative organization as UNESCO also marks his anniversary this year.
Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Dr. Farhan Nizami highlighted the relevance of scientific approach of Al-Farabi for the modern world.
“One of the main academic goals of the centre is to promote cooperation between the Islamic and Western worlds of knowledge. Al-Farabi, as we know, traveled a lot in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and we recognize him as the “Second Teacher” after Aristotle. His influence is large, his significance is immeasurable. I believe that after today's symposium, long-term scientific relations will be strengthened between the Oxford University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University,” he emphasized.
The researchers also spoke about the philosopher's contribution to the music. Al-Farabi considered it one of the important branches of science. Saida Daukeyeva, an ethnographer and a scholar of Arabic music theory, professor at Wesleyan University, spoke about an important role that the “Second Teacher” played in the development of musicology and music in the West and Central Asia via his fundamental scientific works.
The symposium organized by the Kazakh Embassy to the UK with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was virtually attended by nearly 200 people around the world.