Round Table "Al-Fārābī: enlightened bridge-building among different cultures"


The round table is jointly organized with the Delegation of Kazakhstan to UNESCO within the framework of the celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010 on the 18th of November 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters.

Born in the ancient city of Otrar (present-day Kazakhstan), al-Fārābī (872-950) studied science and music in Baghdad, as well as philosophy through the Greeks’ translatio studiorum to the Arab world. His contribution to world thought will be examined, with emphasis on his study, commentaries and dissemination of the works of ancient philosophers, in particular Aristotle, thus building bridges among different cultures and worlds. Analyses and debates led by renowned specialists will certainly highlight the objectives of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.


The round table will take place on Thursday 19 November in Room X from 2.30 pm to 5pm.