An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines

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Writing from within the Islamic tradition, Nasr (Islamic studies, George Washington U.) examines classical Islamic cosmology, essentially unchanged from when it was formulated in the 10th and 11th centuries. He shows how Ikhwan al-Safa, al Biruni, and Ibn Sina combined the teaching of the Quran and the Prophet with elements of ancient philosophies and sciences to construct a view of creation. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791415153
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
List of Transliterations
Prologue - Islam and the Study of Nature 1
Pt. I The Ikhwan Al-Safa
1 The Rasail of the Ikhwan al-Safa - Their Identity and Content 25
2 The Principles of the Study of the Cosmos and the Hierarchy of the Universe 44
3 The Individual Cosmological Sciences 75
4 The Microcosm and Its Relation to the Universe 96
Pt. II Al-Biruni
5 The Life, Works, and Significance of al-Biruni 107
6 The Creation of the World and Its Subsequent History 116
7 The Role of Nature and the Methods of Its Study 122
8 The Universe and Its Parts 132
9 The Wedding of Heaven and Earth in Astrology 151
10 The Attitude of al-Biruni Toward Astrology and Learning 166
Pt. III Ibn Sina
11 The Life and Works of Ibn Sina and His Significance 177
12 The Anatomy of Being 197
13 Principles of Natural Philosophy 215
14 The Universe, Man, and Their Relation 236
15 Nature and the Visionary Recitals 263
Conclusion 275
Appendix: Astrological Symbols 285
A Selected Bibliography 287
Supplementary Bibliography 303
Index 313
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