Colin Murtha M.A.

Research Interests

  • Medieval Arabic Philosophy
  • Avicenna’s Natural Philosophy
  • Metaphysics


  • 05/2020–present: Research associate and doctoral student at the philosophy department of Trier University (funded by the Institute TRANSMARE)
  • 2017–2018: MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World, Free University Berlin (Thesis Title: “Love Theory in Classical Arabic Philosophy – The Argument for Divine Reflexive ʿishq”)
  • 2016–2017: Student of Classical Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute (Amman, Jordan)
  • 2009–2012: BA Philosophy, The American University in Cairo

PhD Project


„Avicenna on Inanimate Sublunary Nature: The Fifth Natural Science of The Healing


My dissertation focuses on a previously edited, but understudied treatise in Avicenna’s (d. 1037) monumental work The Healing, one which has not yet been fully translated into any modern language. The treatise, comprising the fifth science of natural philosophy, is composed of two parts, the first of which details his theory of minerals (maʿādin), and the second, his theory of meteorological phenomena (aṯār ʿulwiyya) including clouds, wind, rainbows, thunder and lightning, meteors and comets. In addition to producing an English translation of the treatise in its entirety, and aside from the research involved in contextualizing Avicenna’s theories and their origins in Aristotle, my dissertation will mostly concern itself with the relation between Avicenna’s mineralogy and meteorology and specifically will attempt to understand Avicenna’s justification for combining the study of minerals and meteorological phenomena into a single science, a strategy that constitutes what I argue is Avicenna’s most novel contribution to the discipline.


JProf. Dr. Andreas Lammer