From the Author
In these essays, I intentionally underplay the role of culture causes in the development of Muslim thought by emphasizing the logic of the arguments embedded in the primary text. Too often, the body of Muslim thought is viewed as either a by-product of the so-called Arab or Persian mind or a result of the encounter between non-Muslim and Muslin cultures. Using those approaches, many orientalists miss the beauty of the original theoretical and intellectual contributions of Islamic thought. While the study of intellectual history in its cultural contexts is a significant and legitimate distinct discipline, I do not consider it an adequate substitute for technical analysis of philosophical text.
About the Author
Parviz Morewedge received his Ph.D. in philosophy at University of California at Los Angeles with minors in Near Eastern studies and mathematics. He began his career as a mathematician for Bendix Computers and later worked as a logical design engineer for Litton Industries and a senior research engineer for General Motors. For the past thirty years, he has taught at several institutions including Cornell University, Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, State University of New York (at Binghamton and at Oneonta), City University of New York, and University of California at Los Angeles. Currently, he is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University (State University of New York). He is the secretary treasurer of the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, and editor and treasurer of Society for Global Africa. He serves on several scholarly editorial boards and as the editor-in-chief of Islamic Translation, managing editor of the Journal of Neoplatonic Studies, co-editor of Papers on Ancient Greek and Islamic Philosophy, and managing editor for the Oneonta Philosophy Series. He has published several scholarly articles and books.