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Islamic Philosophy and Theology Paperback – October 2, 2008
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“This is the first volume in a project sponsored by Edinburgh University under the general title of Islamic Surveys. The aim of the series is apparently to present a kind of encyclopaedia of Islamic history and culture in the form of monographs on specific topics and regions… [T]he attentive reader will discover many stimulating suggestions in Dr. Watt’s forthright and original presentation and discussion of the successive stages of theological debate.”
—H. A. R. Gibb, Islamic Philosophy and Theology
“[The] chief merit is that it directs the attention of Islamists to the need for an adequate sociology of Islamic philosophy and an adequate sociology of Islamic theology.”
—Muhsin Mahdi, Islamic Philosophy and Theology
“The book is more than an introduction… It is an interpretation of the development of Islamic philosophy and theology within the Islamic political and social context. Its concern is with the sociology of knowledge… [A]nalyses are stimulating and important… [T]he author… has succeeded in placing Islamic theology and philosophy in their proper historical setting.”
—Michael E. Marmura, Philosophy East and West
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First published in 1962 and substantially extended for its second edition in 1985, Watt's Islamic Philosophy and Theology is widely recognised as the standard general account in English. Now re-issued in the new Islamic Surveys format, it is available for another generation of students and scholars. Watt takes the reader through the development of philosophy and theology in Islam from the Umayyad period to modern Islamic philosophy. He shows how medieval Islam assimilated Greek thought, particularly Aristotelian logic, in its early stages, and traces the development of Islamic philosophy to the early middle ages. He then examines the elaboration of Shiism and the supposed stagnation of Islamic thought from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.