Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy

Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy

written by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 1933-, in SUNY Series in Islam (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006, originally published 2006), 391 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr attests, within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life--a reality related not only to the realms of action and ethics but also to the realm of knowledge. Comparisons with Jewish and Christian philosophies highlight the relation between reason and revelation, that is, philosophy and religion. Nasr presents Islamic philosophy in relation to the Islamic tradition as a whole, but always treats this philosophy as philosophy, not simply as intellectual history. In addition to chapters dealing with the general historical development of Islamic philosophy, several chapters are devoted to later and mostly unknown philosophers. The work also pays particular attention to the Persian tradition. Nasr stresses that the Islamic tradition is a living tradition with significance for the contemporary Islamic world and its relationship with the West. In providing this seminal introduction to a tradition little-understood in the West, Nasr also shows readers that Islamic philosophy has much to offer the contemporary world as a whole.
Field of Interest
Religion & Thought
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 1933-
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2006 by State University of New York Press
Content Type
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State University of New York Press
Place Published / Released
Albany, NY
Religion & Thought, Social Sciences, Philosophy, الفلسفة, Philosophie, Falsafa, פִילוֹסוֹפִיָה, Filosofía, Filosofia, Ṣadr ad-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, 1571-1640, Omar Khayyam, 1048-1131, Muslim, Muslims, Attitudes toward, Medieval Thought, Attitudes toward, Muhammad's Prophetic Office, Reason, Power & Limitations of, Prophecy & Prophets, Philosophy, Islam
Series / Program
SUNY Series in Islam
Keywords and Translated Subjects
الفلسفة, Philosophie, Falsafa, פִילוֹסוֹפִיָה, Filosofía, Filosofia

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