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Islamic liberal arts

In the United States, and especially at Catholic colleges, study in the liberal arts is usually associated with Western thought. So it is interesting that some scholars in the Arab world are encouraging an Islamic form of liberal arts study.

A story in Inside Higher Ed quotes Mahmoud Ezzamel from Cadiff University as saying, “In Spain, there are huge amounts of manuscripts that allowed the Renaissance to happen. Very seldom does an Arab scholar dig into these.”

Ezzamel also claims, “Humanism and liberalism have never disappeared from the Arab world. If you talk to people on the street, listen to songs, watch plays or follow pop culture, you will find it. However, under repressive regimes, these things had to go underground.”

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