Islamic Philosophy and Theology by William Montgomery WattIslamic Philosophy and Theology by William Montgomery Watt

Islamic Philosophy and Theology

byWilliam Montgomery Watt

Paperback | January 1, 1984

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This is the standard general account in English of Islamic philosophy and theology. It takes the reader from the religio-political sects of the Kharijites and the Shiites through to the assimilation of Greek thought in the medieval period, and onto the early modern period. Watt concludes withan analysis of Western influences on modern Islamic theology.
W. Montgomery Watt (1909-2006) was professor emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of numerous books, including Muslim-Christian Encounters: Perceptions and Misperceptions, Islam: A Short History, Muhammad's Mecca, and Islamic Surveys: The Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe.
Title:Islamic Philosophy and TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1984Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748607498

ISBN - 13:9780748607495


From Our Editors

First published in 1962 and substantially extended for its second edition in 1985, Watt's Islamic Philosophy and Theology is widely recognised as the standard general account in English. Now re-issued in the new Islamic Surveys format, it is available for another generation of students and scholars. Watt takes the reader through the development of philosophy and theology in Islam from the Umayyad period to modern Islamic philosophy. He shows how medieval Islam assimilated Greek thought, particularly Aristotelian logic, in its early stages, and traces the development of Islamic philosophy to the early middle ages. He then examines the elaboration of Shiism and the supposed stagnation of Islamic thought from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Editorial Reviews

"A really excellent survey." -- Muslim World