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Islamic Philosophy An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0745645992
ISBN-13: 9780745645995
Edition: 2nd 2010
Authors: Oliver Leaman
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 9/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Although Islamic philosophy represents one of the leading philosophical traditions in the world, it has only recently begun to receive the attention it deserves in the non-Islamic world. This text provides a concise introduction to the major movements, thinkers and concepts within that tradition.

Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He has written and edited several books on philosophy.

Preface to the Second Edition
Author's Note and Abbreviations
Glossary
A Short History Of Islamic Philosophy
The growth of Islam
Neoplatonism
Major thinkers
Main Controversies
What is Islamic philosophy?
Early reactions to Greek philosophy in Islamic culture: the Great Debate
Al-Ghazali and philosophy: the question of creation
The nature of time
Mulla Sadra on change
Iqbal on time
Ibn Rushd on time
What can God do?
Miracles and meaning
The afterlife
What can God know?
Philosophical accounts of religious concepts
How free is God?
Essence, existence and miracles
The meaning of words
Meaning and unity
bi-la kayfa
Ibn Taymiyya on talking about God
Knowledge
The notion of Islamic science
Science and rationality
The nature of knowledge
What is knowledge for?
imagination
Ibn Sina on knowledge and the 'oriental' philosophy
Sufism, knowledge and imagination
Knowledge by presence
Mysticism
Mysticism as a system
Being
Mysticism as a science
The perfect man
The deepening of prayer
Criticisms of Sufism
Ontology
Being and existence in Islamic philosophy
Ibn Rushd vs Ibn Sina on existence
Mulla Sadra vs al-Suhrawardi on existence
The equivocality of being
Mulla Sadra and mysticism
The imaginal realm
Different routes to one truth and the role of imagination
Allegory and meaning: the imaginal realm again
Prophecy and its psychological basis
Is being really the first question in metaphysics?
Ethics
Theological background: Mu 'tazilites vs Ash'arites
Ethics and divine power
Al-Ghazali's attack on objectivism in ethics
Trusting authority
The need for guidance
Politics
Plato vs Aristotle
The diversity of human beings
Islamic accounts of history
The notion of the 'medieval'P125
Liberalism vs Islam
The case of jihad
Modern political consequences
The Question Of Transmission
Philosophy and religion
The notion of cultural contact
The Andalusi connection
Getting back to basics
Falsafa and hikma: philosophy and wisdom
The concept of religious reason
The concept of inclusive reason
Robinson Crusoe and Hayy ibn Yaqzan
Language
The case of Ibn Rushd
Ibn Rushd on meaning
Ibn Rushd and elitism
The Enlightenment Project
Ibn Rushd as a critic of mysticism
The implications for language
Islamic Philosophy Today
The West as decadent
Confronting tradition
Islamic exceptionalism
Did al-Ghazali destroy Islamic philosophy?
Does Islam Need An Enlightnment?
Jewish and Muslim reactions to modernity
Moses Mendelssohn and Muhammad 'Abduh
Islamic exceptionalism again
The Enlightenment and theology
Christianity as the symbol of modernity
The need for an Enlightenment
The lack of radicalism in Islamic Qur'an commentary
References and Bibliography
Guide to Further Reading
Index

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