Arab-Islamic Philosophy: A Contemporary Critique by Mohammed ‘Abed al-JabriArab-Islamic Philosophy: A Contemporary Critique by Mohammed ‘Abed al-Jabri

Arab-Islamic Philosophy: A Contemporary Critique

byMohammed ‘Abed al-JabriTranslated byAziz Abbassi

Paperback | January 1, 1999

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The distinguished Moroccan philosopher Mohammed Abed al-Jabri, in this summary of his own work, examines the status of Arab thought in the late twentieth century. Al-Jabri rejects what he calls the current polarization of Arab thought between an imported modernism that disregards Arab tradition and a fundamentalism that would reconstruct the present in the image of an idealized past.

Both past and present intellectual currents are examined. Al-Jabri first questions the current philosophical positions of the liberals, the Marxists, and the fundamentalists. Then he turns to history, exploring Arab philosophy in the tenth and twelfth centuries, a time of political and ideological struggle. In the writings of Ibn Hazm and Averroës, he identifies the beginnings of Arab rationalism, a rationalism he traces through the innovative fourteenth–century work of Ibn Khaldun.

Al-Jabri offers both Western readers and his own compatriots a radical new approach to Arab thought, one that finds in the past the roots of an open, critical rationalism which he sees as emerging in the Arab world today.

Mohammed Abed al-Jabri, Professor of Philosophy at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, is one of the major intellectual figures in the contemporary Arab world. His early research on the epistemological origins of Arab thought resulted in his major work, a trilogy: naqd al ‘aql al ‘arabi, published in Beirut in 1982, 1986, and 198...
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Title:Arab-Islamic Philosophy: A Contemporary CritiqueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.53 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

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ISBN - 10:0292704801

ISBN - 13:9780292704800

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Walid Hamarneh
  • Author's Introduction
  • Part One: A Different Reading of the Tradition Discourse
    • Chapter I: The Present Shortcomings
    • Chapter II: For a Scientific Critique of Arab Reason
  • Part Two: Philosophical Thinking and Ideology
    • Chapter III: Historical Dynamics of the Arab-Islamic Philosophy
    • Chapter IV: The Rise and Fall of Reason
    • Chapter V: The Andalusian Resurgence
  • Conclusion: The Future Can Only Be Averroist