God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason

God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason

by John Walbridge
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521195349

ISBN-13: 9780521195348

Pub. Date: 11/15/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book investigates the central role of reason in Islamic intellectual life. Despite widespread characterization of Islam as a system of belief based only on revelation, John Walbridge argues that rational methods, not fundamentalism, have characterized Islamic law, philosophy, and education since the medieval period. His research demonstrates that this medieval

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This book investigates the central role of reason in Islamic intellectual life. Despite widespread characterization of Islam as a system of belief based only on revelation, John Walbridge argues that rational methods, not fundamentalism, have characterized Islamic law, philosophy, and education since the medieval period. His research demonstrates that this medieval Islamic rational tradition was opposed by both modernists and fundamentalists, resulting in a general collapse of traditional Islamic intellectual life and its replacement by more modern but far shallower forms of thought. However, the resources of this Islamic scholarly tradition remain an integral part of the Islamic intellectual tradition and will prove vital to its revival. The future of Islam, Walbridge argues, will be marked by a return to rationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521195348
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. The Formation of the Islamic Tradition of Reason:
2. The diversity of reason
3. Empirical knowledge of the mind of God
4. The failure of the Farabian synthesis of religion and philosophy
5. Mysticism, post-classical Islamic philosophy, and the rise and fall of Islamic science
Part II. Logic, Education, and Doubt:
6. Where is Islamic logic?:
The triumph of scholastic rationalism in Islamic education
7. The long afternoon of Islamic logic
8. The institutionalization of disagreement
Part III. The Fall and the Future of Islamic Rationalism:
9. The decline and fall of scholastic reason in Islam
10. A chaos of certitudes:
the future of Islamic reason.

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