Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings

Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings

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Philosophy in the Islamic world emerged in the ninth century and continued to flourish into the fourteenth century. It was strongly influenced by Greek thought, but Islamic philosophers also developed an original philosophical culture of their own, which had a considerable impact on the subsequent course of Western philosophy. This volume offers new translations of philosophical writings by Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ghazali, Ibn Tufayl, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). All of the texts presented here were very influential and invite comparison with later works in the Western tradition. They focus on metaphysics and epistemology but also contribute to broader debates concerning the conception of God, the nature of religion, the place of humanity in the universe, and the limits of human reason. A historical and philosophical introduction sets the writings in context and traces their preoccupations and their achievement.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 320g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521529638
  • 9780521529631
  • 877,808

Table of contents

Farabi, The Book of Letters; Ibn Sina, On the Soul; Ghazali, The Rescuer from Error; Ibn Tufayl, Hayy bi Yaqzan; Ibn Rushd, The Incoherence of the Incoherence.
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'... will find its way onto reading lists as an affordable paperback that collates key readings ...'. The Muslim World Book Review 'Overall, the book is an excellent introduction to the intricate and involved world of medieval Islamic learning - an enriching experience for both general readers and advanced students.' Muzaffar Iqbal, Center for Islam and Science, Canada
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About Muhammad Ali Khalidi

Muhammad Ali Khalidi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut.
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