This book is an attempt to explain how, in the face of increasing religious authoritarianism in medieval Islamic civilization, some Muslim thinkers continued to pursue essentially humanistic, rational, and scientific discourses in the quest for knowledge, meaning, and values. Drawing on a wide range of Islamic writings, from love poetry to history to philosophical theology, Goodman shows that medieval Islam was open to individualism, occasional secularism, skepticism, even liberalism.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 156 x 236.7 x 24.6mm | 607.82g
- 01 Apr 2003
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
This fascinating and eloquently written text represents a sophisticated attempt to accentuate some of the distinct threads of moral and ethical thought inherent in classical Islamic expressions of humanism * Mustafa Shah, Journal of Qur'anic Studies *
About Lenn E. Goodman
Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Among his many publications are In Defense of Truth (2001), Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age (1999), Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values (OUP, 1998), and God of Abraham (OUP, 1996).