Dag Herbjørnsrud
Historian of Ideas, SGOKI

Dag Herbjørnsrud is a historian of ideas and founder of SGOKI (the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas) in Oslo. His latest book is Global Knowledge: Renaissance for a New Enlightenment (2016 original in Norwegian). Info: http://www.sgoki.org/no/english/

Written by Dag Herbjørnsrud

A prince and attendants visiting a noble yogini at an Ashram. Murshidabad sub-style, c1765. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Essay/
Comparative philosophy
First women of philosophy

Philosophy was once a woman’s world, ranging across Asia, Africa and Latin America. It’s time to reclaim that lost realm

Dag Herbjørnsrud

A man prays in Poland’s oldest mosque in the village of Kruszyniany in April 1990. The village was given to the Muslim Lipka Tatars by King John III Sobieski of Poland in recognition of their help in defending the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. At the Battle of Vienna in 1683, the Sunni Muslim colonel Samuel Mirza Krzeczowski saved the life of Sobieski during the fight against the Ottoman army. Photo by Mark Power/Magnum

Essay/
History
The real Battle of Vienna

In 1683 an Ottoman siege was repelled from the walls of Vienna. But it was far from a fight between Islam and Christendom

Dag Herbjørnsrud

Near Lalibela, in northern Ethiopia, the location of Zera Yacob’s cave. Photo by Raymond Depardon/Magnum

Essay/
Thinkers and theories
The African Enlightenment

The highest ideals of Locke, Hume and Kant were first proposed more than a century earlier by an Ethiopian in a cave

Dag Herbjørnsrud

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