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History Of Islamic Philosophy Hardcover – April 15, 2001
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Original Language: French
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Published here for the first time in English, this highly important work by Henry Corbin, the Islamic scholar, philosopher, and historian of religion, is a definitive interpretation of traditional Islamic philosophy from the beginning to the present day.
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Henry Corbin comes from the Traditionalist School (along with Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, Huston Smith, René Guénon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr , et al) and this influences his perspective. This is not a negative thing as it does help in presenting an "alternative" Islam that is beautiful, profound and filled with wisdom, a far cry from the Islam portrayed in more "popular" media today. He has found that the esoteric (batin) Islam, especially as manifest in Shi'ite and, in particular, Isma'ili Shi'ite Islam continues a long line of "gnostic" truth that gets lost in the more orthodox, exoteric approach to faith. This colors his emphasis and is key to accepting this book as it it.
Respecting this, the book takes you on an in-depth journey through Islamic (not Arabic) philosophy. Philosophy and Islam? Yes, it does have a history in Islam and yes, it continues to exist. Islam is not a monolith and there are more alternatives to it than the legalistic and/or Rumi versions so popularized in the mainstream. It has been through many schools and many variations as it made its way across the globe, colored, as it is by influences, both theological and cultural. Corbin tackles this broad subject brilliantly.
There are other "historical" books on philosophy in Islam and these may be beneficial in providing a more "traditional" view of the subject but Corbin presents an Islam worthy of study. While it may not be your imam's Islam it may just be the Islam of the Imam of your own being.
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This is an excellent sourcebook for serious study of Islamic Philosophy.Published on December 9, 2001 by Ian
By reading this book one would think that most of the first class thinkers in Islamic world were either Iranian or Shia. Read morePublished on January 20, 2001