An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy

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This broad, comprehensive, and yet concise introduction presents a reading of Islamic philosophy as it evolved in the Middle Ages, investigating how Islamic philosophers thought and what they thought about.

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This broad and comprehensive introduction presents a reading of Islamic philosophy as it evolved in the Middle Ages, investigating how Islamic philosophers thought and what they thought about.

Divided into two parts, the first explores the epistemological foundations of Islamic philosophy and discusses the most important and penetrating interpretative paradigms proposed by the philosophers; the second part describes some of their major themes. Each chapter is organised chronologically and geographically, providing the reader with a lucid profile of the evolution of Islamic philosophical thought, with reference to the broader framework of Islamic history. Throughout the author includes extracts of translations from primary sources, allowing the philosophers to speak for themselves.

Rather than offering a complete history of the subject, the author aims to stimulate the reader to pursue the themes he outlines in the book: the ideas that were consistently the object of philosophical speculation among Medieval Muslim thinkers whose philosophy was rooted in Platonic and Aristotelian thought.

Key Features

  • Presents a thorough but concise introduction to the foundations of Islamic philosophy
  • Ideal for students wishing to trace the background to the many ideas and thought processes governing contemporary Islamic thought


About The Author

Massimo Campanini is Professor of Arabic Culture at the University of Milan. His publications include The Theory of Socialism in Egypt (1987), Islam and Politics (1999) and The Virtuous City of al-Farabi (1996).
 
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EAN 13 / ISBN9780748626083
BindingPaperback
AuthorMassimo Campanini
TranslatorCaroline Higgitt
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Pages186
Year Published2004
Height8.5
Width5.4
Length0.4
 
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