A History of Islamic Philosophy (Studies in Oriental Culture)

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Islam is the religion of over nine hundred million Muslims, and was the latest of the three monotheistic faiths to appear. Muslims believe the Koran to be the revelation of God through the Prophet Mohammed, and base every aspect of their daily lives upon its teachings.

This second edition of Majid Fakhry's highly successful book, first published in 1970, presents the most detailed historical survey to date discussing Islamic philosophy and theology from the seventeenth century to the present. Professor Fakhry descusses the legalism, rationalism, and mysticism of Islamic thought and its impact upon the cultural aspects of Muslim life. He examines the rise of nineteenth-century Pan-Islamism which attempts to unite the politically disunited Islam into a spiritual unity, and he follows that distinct line of development which gave it the unity of form characteristic of all the great intellectual movements in history.

The author has based his work on primary sources, chiefly in Arabic, but has also consulted a great number of manuscripts, books, and monographs in Arabic, Persian, English, French, German and Spanish. The book will prove invaluable to teachers of Oriental studies and of Philosophy, as well as to students and readers interested in these disciplines.

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Majid Fakhry is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He received his university education at the American University of Beirut, and the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured in Arabic Philosophy at the University of London: School of Oriental and African Studies, and was Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He was Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut.

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"A balanced and stimulating account of an area of human thinking that has been sadly neglected in the West." -- The New York Review of Books



"Fakhry deserves commendation for the considerable service he has rendered by providing a textbook which should be useful to many groups. Scholars and teachers of Islamic philosophy, students in this field, and general readers owe him a great measure of appreciation." -- The Muslim World

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