A public discussion on the topic of Philosophy and Theology took place at the Europe Hotel in Sarajevo on May 7th, starting at 11:00 am and lasting until 12.30 pm. The event was organised jointly by International Forum Bosnia and Sarajevo Old Town Municipality as part of the Second International Conference on Sarajevo in the World and supported by Kalam Research and Media (KRM).
The purpose of the event was to mark the publication of the Bosnian translation of The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology, edited by Professor Tim Winter of Cambridge University and translated into Bosnian by Professor Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, Director of International Forum Bosnia and former Deputy Prime Minister of Bosnia. Professor Mahmutćehajić has also provided an Afterword to the Bosnian edition. The publication of this book in Bosnia as a special volume of the Forum Bosnae journal under the aegis of the Bosnian Kalam Colloquium is a joint initiative of International Forum Bosnia and Kalam Research and Media (KRM) and has been supported by the Templeton Foundation. Publication is with the permission of the Cambridge University Press, who published the English original of the book.
(Photo source: vimeo. Timothy John Winter, also known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad)
During the discussion, Professor Tim Winter, Professor Mile Babić O.M. of the Franciscan Theological College in Sarajevo, Professor Mehmedalija Hadžić and Dr. Asim Zubčević, both of the Sarajevo University School of Islamic Sciences, and Professor Mahmutćehajić presented various major themes and topics from the book and their significance for contemporary intellectual, religious and public life in Bosnia. This was followed by a lively question and answer period. The discussion was well attended by more than 60 participants of the conference and the general public.
Sohail Nakhooda, Executive Director of KRM, said: “We are delighted to have been able to commission this translation and to partner with Dr Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, one of the most important of Bosnian scholars, and his institute. This translation will be invaluable for renewing interest in Kalam and encourage further contributions in this field from Bosnian scholars.”