Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy

Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy

by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791467996

ISBN-13: 9780791467992

Pub. Date: 02/01/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

AIslamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr attests, within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life—a

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A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

AIslamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr attests, within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life—a reality related not only to the realms of action and ethics but also to the realm of knowledge. Comparisons with Jewish and Christian philosophies highlight the relation between reason and revelation, that is, philosophy and religion.

Nasr presents Islamic philosophy in relation to the Islamic tradition as a whole, but always treats this philosophy as philosophy, not simply as intellectual history. In addition to chapters dealing with the general historical development of Islamic philosophy, several chapters are devoted to later and mostly unknown philosophers. The work also pays particular attention to the Persian tradition.

Nasr stresses that the Islamic tradition is a living tradition with significance for the contemporary Islamic world and its relationship with the West. In providing this seminal introduction to a tradition little-understood in the West, Nasr also shows readers that Islamic philosophy has much to offer the contemporary world as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791467992
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Islam Series
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Philosophy and Prophecy

PART 1. ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY AND ITS STUDY

1. The Study of Islamic Philosophy in the West in Recent Times: An Overview

2. The Meaning and Role of Philosophy in Islam

3. Al-Hikmat al-Ilahiyyah and Kalam

PART 2. PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES

4. The Question of Existence and Quiddity and Ontology in Islamic Philosophy

5. Post-Avicennan Islamic Philosophy and the Study of Being

6. Epistemological Questions: Relations among Intellect, Reason, and Intuition within Diverse Islamic Intellectual Perspectives

PART 3. ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY IN HISTORY

7. A Framework for the Study of the History of Islamic Philosophy

8. Dimensions of the Islamic Intellectual Tradition: Kalam, Philosophy, and Spirituality

9. The Poet-Scientist ‘Umar Khayyam as Philosopher

10. Philosophy in Azarbaijan and the School of Shiraz

11. The School of Isfahan Revisited

12. Mulla Sandra and the Full Flowering of Prophetic Philosophy

13. From the School of Isfahan to the School of Tehran

PART 4. THE CURRENT SITUATION

14. Reflections on Islam and Modern Thought

15. Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy Yesterday and Today

Notes
Index

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