The nine sections cover a short history, main controversies, knowledge, mysticism, ontology, ethics, politics, transmission, and language. Leaman (philosophy, Liverpool John Moores U.) stresses that both the peripatetic tradition of falsafa more aligned with logic and Western thought is no more important to Islamic philosophy than the more mystic and illuminationist forms. Further, Leaman does not segregate faith from philosophy arguing that “Muslim thinkers who seek to emphasize their faith at the expense of what they see as philosophy [often] produce better philosophical arguments than do the defenders of philosophy.” Averroes is cited as the major thinker of Islam; the three great strains delineated as peripatetic, Sufi, and illuminationist; and the two great traditions delineated into Persian and Arabic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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