The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy

Edited by Richard C. Taylor, Luis Xavier López-Farjeat

© 2016 – Routledge

434 pages

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Hardback: 9780415881609
pub: 2015-09-03
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About the Book

This valuable reference work synthesizes and elucidates traditional themes and issues in Islamic philosophy as well as prominent topics emerging from the last twenty years of scholarship. Written for a wide readership of students and scholars, The Routledge Companion to Islamic Philosophy is unique in including coverage of both perennial philosophical issues in an Islamic context and also distinct concerns that emerge from Islamic religious thought. This work constitutes a substantial affirmation that Islamic philosophy is an integral part of the Western philosophical tradition.

Featuring 33 chapters, divided into seven thematic sections, this volume explores the major areas of philosophy: Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy in the Sciences, Philosophy of Mind/Epistemology, and Ethics/Politics as well as philosophical issues salient in Islamic revelation, theology, prophecy, and mysticism.

Other features include:

•A focus on both the classical and post-classical periods

•A contributing body that includes both widely respected scholars from around the world and a handful of the very best younger scholars

•"Reference" and "Further Reading" sections for each chapter and a comprehensive index for the whole volume

The result is a work that captures Islamic philosophy as philosophy. In this way it serves students and scholars of philosophy and religious studies and at the same time provides valuable essays relevant to the study of Islamic thought and theology.


"Classical Islamic philosophy has focused for many years on a few main figures, such as Avicenna, Averroes or Ibn Khaldun and on key issues such as the eternity of creation or human immortality. This vision is not wrong but partial. The editors of this volume have succeeded in bringing into the study new matters of the Islamic tradition which continue to cause philosophical challenges today."

Josep Puig Montada, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

"This is a wonderful collection of contemporary secondary sources on Islamic philosophy. It is a real boon not only for the specialists, but also for the scholars and students of the history of philosophy, especially those interested in ancient and medieval traditions."

Mohammad Azadpur, San Francisco State University, USA

"In what promises to be a highly acclaimed volume, the editors have brought together a collection of essays that address the enduring questions in the Islamic philosophical tradition. Some of the most accomplished philosophers working in the field have treated most of the traditional topics and areas in Islamic philosophy; thereby making a major contribution to the growing field."

Mehdi Aminrazavi, University of Mary Washington, USA

"This is a well-informed guide through a long tradition of thought, a book teachers and students will want to keep within reach as they strive for greater familiarity with the larger domain of Islamic philosophy and its related disciplines."

Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland, USA

"This collection offers a unique, comprehensive, and illuminating set of essays that is sure to enrich students of classical and post-classical Islamic philosophy. The topical focus of the volume is especially effective for highlighting the vibrancy of Islamic philosophical tradition, and the editors have ensured that all areas of philosophy are amply represented. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of chapters on the philosophical significance of Islamic revelation, theology, and law. A must-read for both beginners and more advanced students in the field."

Deborah L. Black, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors. Richard C. Taylor & Luis Xavier Lopez-Farjeat Introduction. Part I. Philosophical Issues in Islamic Revelation and Theology 1. God and Creation in al-Rāzī’s Commentary on the Qur’ān Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth 2. Reasoning in the Qur’ān Rosalind Ward Gwyne 3. Ethical Issues in the Qur’ān and Hadīth Azim Nanji 4. Human Reason in Islamic Theology Toby Mayer 5. Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy in Islam Rumee Ahmed Part II. Logic, Language and the Structure of Science. 6. Logic and Language Therese-Anne Druart 7. Rhetoric, Poetics and the Organon Terence Kleven 8. Demonstration and Dialectic in Islamic Philosophy Allen Bäck 9. The Structure and Methods of the Sciences Anna A. Akasoy & Alexander Fidora Part III. Philosophy in the Natural Sciences. 10. The Establishment of the Principles of Natural Philosophy Jon McGinnis 11. Causality in Islamic Philosophy Luis Xavier Lopez-Farjeat 12. The Eternity of the World Cristina Cerami 13. Arabic Cosmology and the Physics of Cosmic Motion David Twetten 14. Body, Soul, and Sense in Nature Luis Xavier Lopez-Farjeat Part IV. Metaphysics. 15. Establishing the Science of Metaphysics Amos Bertolacci 16. Forms of Hylomorphism Sarah Pessin 17. Essence and Existence in Ibn Sīnā Rollen E. Houser 18. Primary and Secondary Causality Richard C. Taylor 19. Metaphysics of God Jules Janssens 20. Creation in Islam from the Qur’ān to al-Fārābī Michael Chase Part V. Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind. 21. External and Internal Human Senses Carla Di Martino 22. The Epistemology of Abstraction Richard C. Taylor 23. Human Knowledge and Separate Intellect Olga Lizzini 24. Intellect and the Intelligible in Unity Cecile Bonmariage Part VI. Ethics and Political Philosophy. 25. The Ethics and Metaphysics of Divine Command Theory Mariam Al-Attar 26. Freedom and Determinism Catarina Belo 27. Principles of the Philosophy of State Philippe Vallat 28. Natural and Revealed Religion Nadja Germann 29. Law and Society Steven Harvey 30. The Ethical Treatment of Animals Peter Adamson Part VII. Philosophy, Religion and Mysticism. 31. Philosophy and Prophecy Frank Griffel 32. Philosophical Sufism Mohammed Rustom 33. Religious Readings of Philosophy Ayman Shihadeh


About the Editors

Richard C. Taylor is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University and is former editor of History of Philosophy Quarterly.

Luis Xavier López-Farjeat is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and editor of Tópicos, Journal of Philosophy.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Medieval
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Islam / Theology