Islamic Humanism

Paperback | November 30, 2005

byLenn E. Goodman

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This book is an attempt to explain how, in the face of increasing religious authoritarianism in medieval Islamic civilization, some Muslim thinkers continued to pursue essentially humanistic, rational, and scientific discourses in the quest for knowledge, meaning, and values. Drawing on a widerange of Islamic writings, from love poetry to history to philosophical theology, Goodman shows that medieval Islam was open to individualism, occasional secularism, skepticism, even liberalism.

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This book is an attempt to explain how, in the face of increasing religious authoritarianism in medieval Islamic civilization, some Muslim thinkers continued to pursue essentially humanistic, rational, and scientific discourses in the quest for knowledge, meaning, and values. Drawing on a widerange of Islamic writings, from love poetry...

Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Among his many publications are In Defense of Truth (2001), Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age (1999), Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values (OUP, 1998), and God of Abraham (OUP, 1996).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195189140

ISBN - 13:9780195189148

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"The range and depth of this well documented, richly detailed, and elegantly written survey of human centered, even secular dimensions of classical Islamic civilization--its poetry, music, wine, war, love, play, hunting, dress/display, ethics, theology, epistemology, metaphysics, and grandtradition of Arabic universal history-are unparalleled. Islamic Humanism fills a serious gap in the literature and provides a rare opportunity to learn about significant dimensions of the Muslim heritage that deserve to be appreciated in our era of sectarian Muslim extremism and clashingcivilizations. Although the expression 'Islamic humanism' may strike some as an oxymoron in today's world, Lenn E. Goodman's remarkable book is fascinating and inspiring, neither apologetic nor meddlesome."--Frederick Mathewson Denny, Professor, Islamic Studies and the History of Religions,Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder