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From the introduction of Greek Philosophy into the Muslim world in the eighth century, right through to modern times, Majid Fakhry charts the evolution and interaction of philosophy, theology, and mysticism in the Islamic context. Highlighting key individuals, movements, concepts and writings, Fakhry also explores the conflicts and controversies between anti- and pro-philosophical parties that have characterised the development of Islamic thought. Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Center for...
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Islamic Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide

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Overview

From the introduction of Greek Philosophy into the Muslim world in the eighth century, right through to modern times, Majid Fakhry charts the evolution and interaction of philosophy, theology, and mysticism in the Islamic context. Highlighting key individuals, movements, concepts and writings, Fakhry also explores the conflicts and controversies between anti- and pro-philosophical parties that have characterised the development of Islamic thought. Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780740300
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Beginner's Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 591 KB

Meet the Author

Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, and formerly Lecturer at SOAS, University of London, Visiting Professor at UCLA, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University. He is also currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. His publications include 'A History of Islamic Philosophy' (Columbia University Press), 'The Qur’an: A Modern English Version' (Garnet), 'Ethical Theories in Islam' (Brill), 'Averroes: His Life, Works and Influence', and 'Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism' (both for Oneworld).

Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, and formerly Lecturer at SOAS, University of London, Visiting Professor at UCLA, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University. He is also currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. His publications include 'A History of Islamic Philosophy' (Columbia University Press), 'The Qur'an: A Modern English Version' (Garnet), 'Ethical Theories in Islam' (Brill), 'Averroes: His Life, Works and Influence', and 'Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism' (both for Oneworld).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The transmission of ancient philosophy and science 7

2 Early religious and political conflicts 13

3 The dawn of systematic philosophy and free thought in the ninth century 26

4 Neoplatonism and Neopythagoreanism in the tenth and eleventh centuries 47

5 Interactions of philosophy and dogma 78

6 Philosophy and mysticism 91

7 The resurgence of Peripatetic philosophy in al-Andalus 105

8 The progress of anti-rationalism and the onset of decline 125

9 Illuminationism (Ishraq) and the reconciliation of Neoplatonism and Sufism 140

10 Modern and contemporary trends 152

Conclusion 172

Appendix 1 The chief philosophical translations 177

Appendix 2 Leading Mu'tazilite scholars 180

Notes 182

Select bibliography 188

Index 195

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