The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Din…

Hardcover | October 15, 2001

byWilliam C. Chittick

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This book introduces the work of an important medieval Islamic philosopher who is little known outside the Persian world. Afdal al-Din Kashani was a contemporary of a number of important Muslim thinkers, including Averroes and Ibn al-Arabi. Kashani did not write for advanced students ofphilosophy but rather for beginners. In the main body of his work, he offers especially clear and insightful expositions of various philosophical positions, making him an invaluable resource for those who would like to learn the basic principles and arguments of this philosophical tradition but donot have a strong background in philosophy. Here, Chittick uses Kashani and his work to introduce the basic issues and arguments of Islamic philosophy to modern readers.

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This book introduces the work of an important medieval Islamic philosopher who is little known outside the Persian world. Afdal al-Din Kashani was a contemporary of a number of important Muslim thinkers, including Averroes and Ibn al-Arabi. Kashani did not write for advanced students ofphilosophy but rather for beginners. In the mai...

William C. Chittick is at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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