An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines / Edition 2

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines / Edition 2

by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791415163

ISBN-13: 9780791415160

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is the only book to deal with classical Islamic cosmology as it was formulated by the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina during the tenth and eleventh centuries. These figures influenced all the later centuries of Islamic history and in fact created the cosmological framework within which all later scientific activity in the Islamic world was carried

…  See more details below

Overview

This is the only book to deal with classical Islamic cosmology as it was formulated by the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina during the tenth and eleventh centuries. These figures influenced all the later centuries of Islamic history and in fact created the cosmological framework within which all later scientific activity in the Islamic world was carried out—the enduring image of the cosmos within which Muslims have lived during the past millennium.

Nasr writes from within the Islamic tradition and demonstrates how, based on the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet, the figures treated in this work integrated elements drawn from various ancient schools of philosophy and the sciences. This book is unique in its treatment of classical Islamic cosmology as seen from within the Islamic world-view and provides a key for understanding of traditional Islamic thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791415160
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
List of Transliterations
Prologue - Islam and the Study of Nature1
Pt. IThe Ikhwan Al-Safa
1The Rasail of the Ikhwan al-Safa - Their Identity and Content25
2The Principles of the Study of the Cosmos and the Hierarchy of the Universe44
3The Individual Cosmological Sciences75
4The Microcosm and Its Relation to the Universe96
Pt. IIAl-Biruni
5The Life, Works, and Significance of al-Biruni107
6The Creation of the World and Its Subsequent History116
7The Role of Nature and the Methods of Its Study122
8The Universe and Its Parts132
9The Wedding of Heaven and Earth in Astrology151
10The Attitude of al-Biruni Toward Astrology and Learning166
Pt. IIIIbn Sina
11The Life and Works of Ibn Sina and His Significance177
12The Anatomy of Being197
13Principles of Natural Philosophy215
14The Universe, Man, and Their Relation236
15Nature and the Visionary Recitals263
Conclusion275
Appendix: Astrological Symbols285
A Selected Bibliography287
Supplementary Bibliography303
Index313

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >