Averroes (1126 – 1198) was a strong proponent of Aristotelianism; he attempted to restore what he considered the original teachings of Aristotle and opposed the Neoplatonist tendencies of earlier Muslim thinkers. He also defended the pursuit of philosophy against criticism of orthodox dogmatic theologians. Averroes argued that philosophy was permissible in Islam and compulsory among certain elites. He also argued scriptural text should be interpreted allegorically if it appeared to contradict conclusions reached by reason and philosophy.
Mourad Wahba is a firm believer of Averroes’s thoughts and wanted to continue spreading his thoughts and beliefs through the Averroes Forum. It gets together once a month and they discuss contemporary and ongoing issues in light of Averroes teachings.