Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd, better known in the Latin West as Averroes, lived during a unique period in Western intellectual history, in which interest in philosophy and theology was waning in the Muslim world and just beginning to flourish in Latin Christendom. Just fifyears before his birth, the great .Early life and education. Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Rushd was born in 1126 in Cordoba to a family with a long and well-respected tradition of legal and public service. He also knew the works of the philosopher Ibn Bajjah also known as Avempace , and might have known him personally or been tutored by him..Abu al-Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd, better known in the West as Averroes, but also in me.val times as Aven Ruiz and Averrhoes, was born in 1126 A.D. in Cordova, once the il.rious capital of Moorish Spain. The descendant of a distinguished Cordovan family of scholars, he was the third generation of his lineage to . - Averroes, me.val Latin Averrhoes, alsoed Ibn Rushd, Arabic in full Ab al-Wald Muammad ibn Amad ibn Muammad ibn Rushd, born 1126 The philosopher must choose the best religion, which, for a Muslim, is Islam as preached by Muammad, the last of the prophets, just as Christianity was .