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Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present
Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author
SUNY series in Islam
Price: $74.50 
Hardcover - 390 pages
Release Date: May 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6799-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6799-2

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Paperback - 390 pages
Release Date: May 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6800-3
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A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

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.

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.

“Nasr explores varied approaches to the Muslim philosophic concepts of hikmah and falsafah throughout history, but at all times stresses the inexorable connection in Islamic thought between the philosophic sciences and the Muslim faith, emphasizing that Islamic philosophy ‘functions in the world of prophecy.’” — Middle East Journal

“Combining history with metaphysical exposition and mature contemplation on the unique character of a philosophy which can flourish ‘in the land of prophecy’, it is not so much a coherent overview as a series of contemplations, crammed with information and ideas, drawing on a lifetime of scholarship and experience … This is a rich and rewarding book, full of information and always concerned to address contemporary issues.” — Temenos Academy Review

“Nasr once again tackles a complex subject … [he] demonstrates that philosophical rationalism remains largely foreign to the Muslim ethos, even though such rationalism (which led to secularism in the West) was rarely a complete stranger to the Muslim world (despite attempts by Sunni Ash`arites, among others, to suppress it) … Nasr goes far beyond a discussion of ‘Arab’ philosophy, affirming that Islam is a multicultural, polyglot mosaic united in its allegiance to the one God who reveals himself through prophecy.” — CHOICE

“One of the author’s great gifts is to set down the significance of what is fundamentally at issue in philosophical thinking and to show the relevance of that thinking to the human situation across the board. No one else in the field of Islamic philosophy has such a sweeping vision of what that philosophy has been and is all about, nor is there anyone else who can suggest as clearly why this and kindred traditions are utterly central to us as human beings today.” — William C. Chittick, author of The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al->Arabiµ’s Cosmology

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

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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