This book explores the Islamic roots of the Western values of tolerance and religious pluralism, and considers Dante from the perspective of the Arab-Islamic philosophical tradition. It examines the relations between Islamic and Western thought, the historical origins of Western values, and the tradition of tolerance in classical Islamic thought.
About the Author
GREGORY B. STONE is Professor of French, Italian and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, USA.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: A Comedy for Non-Christians PART ONE: VIRGIL'S HAPPINESS (DANTE, AL-FARABI, PHILOSOPHY) PART TWO: THE RIGHT PATH (DANTE'S UNIVERSALISM) Notes Works Cited