Islamic philosophy has often been treated as being largely of historical interest, belonging to the history of ideas rather than to philosophical study. This volume successfully overturns that view. Emphasizing the living nature and rich diversity of the subject, it examines the main thinkers and schools of thought, discusses the key concepts of Islamic philosophy and covers a vast geographical area. This indispensable reference tool includes a comprehensive bibliography and an extensive index.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is Universitry Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Islam and related topics. Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He has written on Islamic and Jewish philosophy.
'The world's leading experts in authentic Islamic philosophy both explain and challenge its core concepts. Essential to literacy in one of the world's great philosophical traditions.' - Philadelphia Enquirer
'The editors deserve praise for assembling an outstanding team of sixty scholars and compiling the single most useful history of this rich tradition.' - Choice
'A refreshing, exciting, approach to Islamic philosophy ... stimulating reading.' - SOAS Bulletin
'There can be no gainsaying the formidable scholarship contained in these volumes ... It will, I suspect, rightly become the standard work in philosophy in the Muslim world for many years to come.' - The Expository Times