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a preliminary survey of the Matalib al-‘Aliyyah

Atomism versus hylomorphism in the kalam of al-Fakhr al-Din al-Razi: a preliminary survey of the Matalib al-‘Aliyyah ‘Adi Setia Hylomorphism (theory of matter and form) and atomism (theory of atoms and accidents) have been the two main Islamic physical theories attempting to account for the structure of the world, the former defended by the philosophers […]

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Jan P. Hogendijk and Abdelhamid I. Sabra, The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives

Jan P. Hogendijk and Abdelhamid I. Sabra, The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives Muzaffar Iqbal Jan P. Hogendijk and Abdelhamid I. Sabra, The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003), xxii+386 pp, HB, ISBN 0-262-19482-1 Writing during the formative period of contemporary Western studies of Islamic scientific tradition, […]

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Psychology, eschatology, and imagination in Mulla Sadra Shirazi’s commentary on the hadith of awakening

Psychology, eschatology, and imagination in Mulla Sadra Shirazi’s commentary on the hadith of awakening Mohammed Rustom This article examines the most salient aspects of the commentary upon the well-known ‘hadith of awakening’ by the famous Safavid philosopher, Mulla Sadra Shirazi. In the context of his commentary upon this tradition, Sadra discusses the nature of imaginal […]

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a Qur’anic perspective on thinking

Reading the signs: a Qur’anic perspective on thinking Mohammad Hashim Kamali This essay advances a perspective on the Qur’anic conception of thinking, rationality, and critical reason. It begins with a discussion of the divine signs, the ayat, and the prominent profile that they take in the Qur’anic conception of thinking. This being the principal theme […]

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The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam

Brill’s Classics in Islam: Volume 2: Franz Rosenthal: Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam BRILL’S CLASSICS IN ISLAM: VOLUME 2: Franz Rosenthal: Knowledge Triumphant: The Concept of Knowledge in Medieval Islam Leiden * Boston: Brill 2007, xiv+355 pp., HC, Eur 69.00/ US$ 90.00 ISBN 978-90-04-15386-8 He was the most brilliant representative of […]

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Ibn Sina and Abu al-Barakat al-Baghdadi on the origination of the soul and the invalidation of its transmigration

Ibn Sina and Abu al-Barakat al-Baghdadi on the origination of the soul and the invalidation of its transmigration Suhaimi Wan Abdullah Wan This article presents a comparative survey of Ibn Sina and Abu al-Barakat’s views on the problem of the origination of the soul and its transmigration (tanasukh) and contrasts their arguments and interpretations. The […]

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Al-Attas’ philosophy of science an extended outline

Al-Attas’ philosophy of science an extended outline ‘Adi Setia Born on September 5, 1931, in Bogor, Java, Syed Muhammad Naquib bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Muhsin al-Attas has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of knowledge rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences. He is competent in diverse academic fields such as philosophy, metaphysics, Kalam, history […]

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The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World

William C. Chittick: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World Muzaffar Iqbal William C. Chittick: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2007, xi+159 pp., PB, ISBN 978-1-85168-495-3 In the short introduction […]

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Sa id al-Nursi’s view of Science

Beyond the ‘modern’: Sa id al-Nursi’s view of Science Yamine Mermer The advancing tide of Western scientific thought, which began to spread in the Muslim world at the beginning of the nineteenth century, was one of the most pressing challenges faced by Muslim intellectuals of that time and it continues to have major implications for […]

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The achievements of IBN SINA in the field of science and his contributions to its philosophy

The achievements of IBN SINA in the field of science and his contributions to its philosophy Seyyed Hossein Nasr Ibn Sina is generally known as one of the most important philosophers and physicians, one whose contributions to science and philosophy have attracted numerous studies. This article provides an outline of his philosophy of science which […]