God and Logic in Islam

God and Logic in Islam

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This book investigates the central role of reason in Islamic intellectual life. Despite widespread characterization of Islam as a system of belief based only on revelation, John Walbridge argues that rational methods, not fundamentalism, have characterized Islamic law, philosophy and education since the medieval period. His research demonstrates that this medieval Islamic rational tradition was opposed by both modernists and fundamentalists, resulting in a general collapse of traditional Islamic intellectual life and its replacement by more modern but far shallower forms of thought. However, the resources of this Islamic scholarly tradition remain an integral part of the Islamic intellectual tradition and will prove vital to its revival. The future of Islam, Walbridge argues, will be marked by a return to rationalism.... too, wrote other short texts that also have remained popular, along with a manual of philosophy, Hid I„ayat al-H.ikma, ... 15 The last of the three, Sir I„aj al- D I„Apn Urmaw I„Ap (1198a€“1283) is somewhat less important, but his manual of logic , Mat. I„alia#39; al-Anw I„ar, a€œthe Dawning Places of Lights, a€ drew some commentators .16 The fact that three scholars working at the ... 222a€“3. becomes too complicated to recount in detail, with the commentaries THE LONG AFTERNOON OF ISLAMIC anbsp;...

Title:God and Logic in Islam
Author:John Walbridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-11-15


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