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The Story of Islamic Philosophy: Ibn Tufayl, Ibn al-'Arabi, and Others on the Limit Between Naturalism and Traditionalism Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438437439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438437439
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,393,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this innovative work, Salman H. Bashier challenges traditional views of Islamic philosophy. While Islamic thought from the crucial medieval period is often depicted as a rationalistic elaboration on Aristotelian philosophy and an attempt to reconcile it with the Muslim religion, Bashier puts equal emphasis on the influence of Plato's philosophical mysticism. This shift encourages a new reading of Islamic intellectual tradition, one in which boundaries between philosophy, religion, mysticism, and myth are relaxed. Bashier shows the manner in which medieval Islamic philosophers reflected on the relation between philosophy and religion as a problem that is intrinsic to philosophy and shows how their deliberations had the effect of redefining the very limits of their philosophical thought. The problems of the origin of human beings, human language, and the world in Islamic philosophy are discussed. Bashier highlights the importance of Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, a landmark work often overlooked by scholars, and the thought of the great Sufi mystic Ibn al-Arabiµ to the mainstream of Islamic philosophy.

About the Author

Salman H. Bashier is a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel. He is the author of Ibn al-Arabiµ's Barzakh: The Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World, also published by SUNY Press.

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