The Formative Period of Islamic Thought

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Oneworld Publications, Feb 5, 1998 - Religion - 442 pages
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This text gives a formative account of the development of Islamic thought from the death of Muhammad in 632, to 950. It demonstrates how various religions and political movements within Islam contributed to what has become standard form, including the positive contribution of sects later regarded as heretical, and the key interaction of religion and politics. Drawing on many previously unresearched Arabic sources, it presents a comprehensive, balanced and clear picture of the main lines of philosophical development in this important period.

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This is an excellent overview of early Islamic theology (which is really all that it covers, despite the more inclusive "thought" of the title). The publishers play up the value of this book as an ... Read full review


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William Montogmery Watt is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of over thirty books and has done much to create a more positive attitude towards Islam in the West.

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