Ibn Sina, a key figure of Islamic philosophy and science, is being commemorated Friday on the 982nd anniversary of his passing.
Born in 980 in Afshana, a village in Uzbekistan, when the Persian Samanid dynasty ruled the region, Ibn Sina is often known in the West as Avicenna.
“Ibn Sina is a part of our thinking mind. If we neglect him, we neglect ourselves,” Ömer Türker, an Islamic philosophy professor at Istanbul’s Marmara University, told Anadolu Agency.
“Ibn Sina was the key figure of Islamic philosophy and scientific tradition during the era when Islam was scientifically dominant in the world,” Turker said.
“The theories and views of Ibn Sina are central to Islamic philosophy,” he added.
“Philosophy today is thought to be devoted to the fields of logic and metaphysics, but from the classical period to the Renaissance, philosophy was used as a name that encompasses all of mental production, including physics, mathematics, ethics, politics, and metaphysics,” he said.