A History of Islamic Philosophy

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Columbia University Press, 2004 - History - 430 pages
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The first comprehensive survey of Islamic philosophy from the seventh century to the present, this classic discusses Islamic thought and its effect on the cultural aspects of Muslim life. Fakhry shows how Islamic philosophy has followed from the earliest times a distinctive line of development, which gives it the unity and continuity that are the marks of the great intellectual movements of history.

  

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Not great but not bad either. Overall a dense read except some very lucid introductory parts about Averroes and Ibn Tufayl. Read on if you want to recap important historical phases in Islamic ... Read full review

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The book is an extremely dry read, but full of useful information for those who are very i nterested in the topic. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xvii
The Legacy of Greece Alexandria and the Orient
1
II The Translations of Philosophical Texts
4
III PreSocratics Peripatetics and Stoics
19
The Apocryphal Theologia Aristotelis and the Liber de Causis
21
V Persian and Indian Influences
33
Early Political and Religious Tensions
39
II The Rise of Islamic Scholasticism Kalam
43
The Rise and Development of Islamic Mysticism Sufism
241
AlBastami or AlBistami Al Hallaj and Others
248
III Synthesis and Systematization alGhazali and Ibn Arabi
253
IV Romi Supreme Mystical Poet
262
Sufism Today
264
The ArabSpanish Interlude and the Revival of Peripateticism
267
II Ibn Tufayl and the Natural Progression of the Mind Toward Truth
273
III Ibn Rushd and the Defense of Aristotelianism
280

Beginnings of Systematic Philosophical Writing in the Ninth Century
67
Ibn AlRawandi and AlRazi
95
III The Progress of Free Thought and Religious Heterodoxy
106
The Further Development of Islamic NeoPlatonism
111
II Ibn Sina
132
NeoPythagoreanism and the Popularization of the Philosophical Sciences
167
II The MathematicoPhilosophical Presuppositions of the Brethren
170
III The Cosmology and Metaphysics of the Brethren
175
IV The Psychology and the Epistemology of the Brethren
179
V Conclusion
183
The Diffusion of Philosophical Culture in the Tenth Century
187
II Miskawayh
191
III Yahia bAdi
197
The Interaction of Philosophy and Dogma
209
II The Asharite School and the Formulation of the Occasionalist Metaphysics of Atoms and Accidents
215
AlGhazali
223
PostAvicennian Developments Illumination and the Reaction against Peripateticism
303
Sadr AlDin AlShirazi Mulla Sadra and His Successors
314
III The Continuity of the Ishraqi Tradition in Persia
321
Theological Reaction and Reconstruction
323
FD AlRazi ND AlNasafi AlIji AlJurjani and AlBajuri
329
Ibn Khaldun
334
Modernist Trends
345
II Islamic Philosophy in India and Southeast Asia
359
Sayyid Ahmad Khan Ameer Ali and Muhammad Iqbal
360
Contemporary Trends
369
II Existentialism Positivism and Marxism
385
III Postmodernism and Hermeneutics
396
Bibliography
399
Ind
411
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Majid Fakhry is professor emeritus of philosophy at the American University of Beirut and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of several books, including Averroes: His Life, Works, and Influence; Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism; Ethical Theories in Islam; Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism; and Philosophy, Dogma, and the Impact of Greek Thought on Islam, in addition to fifteen titles in Arabic. He has recently published a translation of the Qur'an entitled An Interpretation of the Qur'an: A Bilingual Edition.

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