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

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Islamic 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791467992
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Series: SUNY series in Islam Series
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University. He is the author and editor of many books, including Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : philosophy and prophecy 1
1 The study of Islamic philosophy in the west in recent times : an overview 13
2 The meaning and role of philosophy in Islam 31
3 Al-Hikmat al-Ilahiyyah and Kalam 49
4 The question of existence and quiddity and ontology in Islamic philosophy 63
5 Post-Avicennan Islamic philosophy and the study of being 85
6 Epistemological questions : relations among intellect, reason, and intuition within diverse Islamic intellectual perspectives 93
7 A framework for the study of the history of Islamic philosophy 107
8 Dimensions of the Islamic intellectual tradition : Kalam, philosophy, and spirituality 119
9 The poet-scientist 'Umar Khayyam as philosopher 165
10 Philosophy in Azarbaijan and the school of Shiraz 185
11 The school of Isfahan revisited 209
12 Mulla Sadra and the full flowering of prophetic philosophy 223
13 From the school of Isfahan to the school of Tehran 235
14 Reflections on Islam and modern thought 259
15 Philosophy in the land of prophecy yesterday and today 273
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