Islamic Philosophy and Theology

Islamic Philosophy and Theology : An Extended Survey

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This is the standard general account in English of Islamic philosophy and theology. It takes the reader from the religio-political sects of the Kharijites and the Shiites through to the assimilation of Greek thought in the medieval period, and onto the early modern period. Watt concludes with an analysis of Western influences on modern Islamic theology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0748607498
  • 9780748607495
  • 891,915

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First published in 1962 and substantially extended for its second edition in 1985, Watt's Islamic Philosophy and Theology is widely recognised as the standard general account in English. Now re-issued in the new Islamic Surveys format, it is available for another generation of students and scholars. Watt takes the reader through the development of philosophy and theology in Islam from the Umayyad period to modern Islamic philosophy. He shows how medieval Islam assimilated Greek thought, particularly Aristotelian logic, in its early stages, and traces the development of Islamic philosophy to the early middle ages. He then examines the elaboration of Shiism and the supposed stagnation of Islamic thought from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
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A really excellent survey A really excellent survey
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Table of contents

The Umayyad period and its prelude; the firs twave of Hellenism; the second wave of Hellenism; the later Islamic Midlle Ages 1250-1850; the modern period.
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