Philosophy in the Islamic World: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3

Hardcover | August 6, 2016

byPeter Adamson

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The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish andChristian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century. Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiarthinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism - the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews - and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy. The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This "formative period" culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkersfeel they must respond. The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi. Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments,touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectualchallenges from the European colonial powers.

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The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish andChristian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by...

Peter Adamson took his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and first worked at King's College London. In 2012 he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, where he is Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy. He has published widely in ancient and medieval philosophy, especially on Neoplatonism and on philosop...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.37 inPublished:August 6, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The Formative Period1. The Straight Path: Philosophy and Islam2. All for One: The Mu'tazilites3. Founded in Translation: From Greek to Syriac to Arabic4. Philosopher of the Arabs: al-Kindi5. The Chosen Ones: Philosophy and Judaism6. Reasoned Belief: Saadia Gaon7. High Five: al-Razi8. Aristotelian Society: the Baghdad School9. The Second Master: al-Farabi10. State of Mind: al-Farabi on Religion and Politics11. Eye of the Beholder: Theories of Vision12. Strings Attached: Music and Philosophy13. Balancing Acts: Arabic Ethical Literature14. Undercover Brothers: Philosophy in the Buyid Age15. God Willing: the Ash'arites16. The Self-Made Man: Avicenna's Life and Works17. By the Time I Get to Phoenix: Avicenna on Existence18. By All Means Necessary: Avicenna on God19. Into Thin Air: Avicenna on the Soul20. Special Delivery: al-Ghazali21. Miracle Worker: al-Ghazali against the PhilosophersPart II: Andalusia22. Philosophy's Reign in Spain: Andalusia23. Laying Down the Law: Ibn Hazm and Islamic Legal Theory24. Fantasy Island: Ibn Bajja and Ibn Tufayl25. Back to Basics: Averroes on Reason and Religion26. Single Minded: Averroes on the Intellect27. A Matter of Taste: Ibn 'Arabi and Mysticism28. Team Spirit: Ibn Khaldun29. Matter over Mind: Ibn Gabirol30. Choosing My Religion: Judah Hallevi31. Born Under a Bad Sign: Freedom and Astrology in Jewish Philosophy32. With All Your Heart: Ethics and Judaism33. The Great Eagle: Maimonides34. He Moves in Mysterious Ways: Maimonides on Eternity35. Burnt Offerings: the Maimonides Controversy36. Man and Superman: Gersonides and the Jewish Reception of Averroes37. Neither the Time nor the Place: Hasdai Crescas38. When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Suffering in Jewish Philosophy39. Chariot of Fire: Kabbalah40. A Matter of Principles: Joseph Albo and Isaac AbravanelPart III: The Later Traditions41. Golden Ages: The Later Traditions42. All Things Considered: Abu l-Barakat al-Baghdadi43. For the Sake of Argument: Fakhr al-Din al-Razi44. Let There Be Light: Suhrawardi45. Bright Ideas: Illuminationism46. A Man for All Seasons: Nasir al-Din al-Tusi47. To Be or Not to Be: Debating Avicenna's Metaphysics48. Eyes Wide Shut: al-Rumi and Philosophical Sufism49. Proof Positive: The Logical Tradition50. By the Book: Ibn Taymiyya51. Aftermath: Philosophy and Science in the Mongol Age52. Family Feud: Philosophy at Shiraz53. Follow the Leader: Philosophy under the Safavids54. To Be, Continued: Mulla Sadra on Existence55. Return to Sender: Mulla Sadra on Motion and Knowledge56. Subcontinental Drift: Philosophy in Islamic India57. Turkish Delights: Philosophy under the Ottomans58. Blind Alley: Taqlid, Sufism, and Philosophy59. The Young Ones: Encounters with European Thought60. The Stronger Sex: Women Scholars in the Islamic World61. All for One and One for All: Muhammad 'Abduh and Muhammad Iqbal62. Iran So Far: The Heirs of Mulla Sadra