Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities is offering free access to the public to a wide range of open courses across its digital platforms.

A public service initiative by the university, it seeks to raise awareness about the importance of the humanities and enable the community to increase their knowledge on a broad spectrum of subjects in this field.

The courses currently available to the public include philosophy, ethics, philosophy for Muslims as well as Arab literary criticism and literature, with a special focus on the contemporary and scientific approach to textual criticism to ensure proper understanding and application.

The open courses, presented through a series of episodes, also include lectures on Islamic Philosophy and Its Symbolisms, presented by Dr. Ebrahim Bourshashen, faculty member and Director of the Center for Philosophical Studies at the Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities. He will discuss accurate and in-depth information that the public and researchers can benefit from in terms of gaining a better understanding of the contexts and issues of Islamic philosophy. The episode is presented in a manner that suits different groups of society, to introduce them to philosophy in general and Islamic philosophy in particular.

In addition, Dr. Bourshashen will present a course on the history of philosophy, where he will discuss in the first series of episodes the concept of Neoplatonism, about which the center is currently undertaking a research project for the first time and will publish in specialized journals and publications once completed.

Established by the Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities last year, the Center for Philosophical Studies, the first of its kind in the country in the field of philosophical and academic research, seeks to develop knowledge and expertise that support the goals and vision of Abu Dhabi 2030 and the UAE government in building the country’s intellectual and philosophical capabilities as well as in developing the humanities in general.