Arab-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 fourteenth­century 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.

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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 HamarnehAuthor's IntroductionPart One: A Different Reading of the Tradition DiscourseChapter I: The Present ShortcomingsChapter II: For a Scientific Critique of Arab ReasonPart Two: Philosophical Thinking and IdeologyChapter III: Historical Dynamics of the Arab-Islamic PhilosophyChapter IV: The Rise and Fall of ReasonChapter V: The Andalusian ResurgenceConclusion: The Future Can Only Be Averroist