Islamic Philosophy by
Publication Date: 2009-11-02
Although Islamic philosophy represents one of the leadingphilosophical traditions in the world, it has only recently begunto receive the attention it deserves in the non-Islamic world. Thisimportant text provides a concise and accessible introduction tothe major movements, thinkers and concepts within that tradition,from the foundation of Islam to the present day. Ever since the growth of Islam as a religious and politicalmovement, Muslim thinkers have sought to understand the theoreticalaspects of their faith by using philosophical concepts. Leamanoutlines this history and demonstrates that, although thedevelopment of Islamic philosophy is closely linked with Islamitself, its form is not essentially connected to any particularreligion, and its leading ideas and arguments are of generalphilosophical significance. The author illustrates the importanceof Islamic thought within philosophy through the use of many modernexamples. He describes and contrasts the three main movements inIslamic philosophy ? Peripatetic, Sufi and Illuminationist ? andexamines the Persian as well as the Arabic traditions. Widecoverage is given to key aspects of Islamic philosophy, includingepistemology, ontology, politics, ethics and philosophy oflanguage, providing readers with a balanced view of the discipline.The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updatedthroughout, including the addition of two new chapters on recentdebates surrounding Islam's need for an enlightenment, and on thefuture of Islamic philosophy. The new edition of Islamic Philosophy will continue to beessential reading for students and scholars of the subject, as wellas anyone wanting to learn more about one of the most significantand influential philosophical traditions in the world today.