An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions : Introducing Alfarabi
Joshua Parens provides an introduction to the thought of Alfarabi, a tenth-century Muslim political philosopher whose writings are particularly relevant today. Parens focuses on Alfarabi's Attainment of Happiness, in which he envisions the kind of government and religion needed to fulfill Islam's ambition of universal acceptance. Parens argues that Alfarabi seeks to temper the hopes of Muslims and other believers that one homogeneous religion might befit the entire world and counsels acceptance of the possibility of a multiplicity of virtuous religions. Much of Alfarabi's approach is built upon Plato's Republic, which Parens also examines in order to provide the necessary background for a proper understanding of Alfarabi's thought.
- Hardback | 180 pages
- 154 x 228 x 18mm | 358.34g
- 16 Mar 2006
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Annotated edition
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Timely and essential to the understanding of Islam, this book explores a classical Islamic writer's reflections on
About Joshua Parens
Joshua Parens is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas and author of Metaphysics as Rhetoric: Alfarabi's Summary of Plato's "Laws," also published by SUNY Press.