Faith and reason in Islam: AverroŽs' exposition of religious arguments

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Oneworld, 2001 - Religion - 146 pages
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Available for the first time in the English language, this is a complete andnnotated translation of a key work by the twelfth-century Muslim philosopher,verroes (Ibn Rushd).;Acknowledged as the leading transmitter ofristotelian th ought, Averroes also held controversial views about the reationship between faith and reason, arguing that religion should not bellowed to impose limits on the exercise of rational thought. His theory ofationality, along with others on language, justice and the interpretation ofeligious texts, is clearly presented here, in a work that provides the mostomprehensive picture available of Averroes's great intellectual achievements.

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Averroes is the name in the West of Abu al-Walid Muhammed ibn-Ahmad ibn-Rushd al-Qurtubi, an influential Muslim thinker who integrated Islamic tradition with Greek philosophy. Born in Cordoba, Spain, and educated in Muslim religious, medical, and philosophical studies, he became the chief judge of Cordoba and later personal physician to two caliphs. He wrote a series of summaries and commentaries on Aristotle, Plato's Republic, as well as attacks on Avicenna's view of existence. Western Christian philosophers drew inspiration from his interpretation of Aristotle, especially his assertion that reason and philosophy are superior to faith and knowledge founded on faith. Averroes died in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Najjar teaches philosophy and is Advisor to the Chancellor at the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.

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