A comprehensive examination of the struggle to reconcile philosophy and Islam.
From the introduction of Greek Philosophy into the Muslim world in the eighth century, right through to modern times, Majid Fakhry charts the evolution and interaction of philosophy, theology, and mysticism in the Islamic context. Highlighting key individuals, movements, concepts and writings, Fakhry also explores the conflicts and controversies between anti- and pro-philosophical parties that have characterised the development of Islamic thought. The book also features coverage of: the translation of ancient texts and their transmission to the Muslim world; the development of a systematic philosophy in Islam; theology, mysticism and the development of Sufism; Islam's interaction with western philosophy and theology; contemporary trends.
Majid Fakhry is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, and formerly Lecturer at SOAS, University of London, Visiting Professor at UCLA, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University. He is also currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. His publications include 'A History of Islamic Philosophy' (Columbia University Press), 'The Qur'an: A Modern English Version' (Garnet), 'Ethical Theories in Islam' (Brill), 'Averroes: His Life, Works and Influence', and 'Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism' (both for Oneworld).
"a concise, meticulous but quite readable overview" "'fakhry writes very clearly, avoiding excessive technial terminology and presenting the mojor arguments succinctly but carefully." " a cogent, clear and highly useful study".
"This introductory work provides the reader with an excellent, concise overview of Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism…Fakhry has accomplished presenting the central themes and the essence of 1400 years of intellectual tradition in clear, coherent manner."