9780195189148

Islamic Humanism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195189148

  • ISBN10:

    0195189140

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-11-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book is an attempt to explain how, in the face of increasing religious authoritarianism in medieval Islamic civilization, some Muslim thinkers continued to pursue essentially humanistic, rational, and scientific discourses in the quest for knowledge, meaning, and values. Drawing on a widerange of Islamic writings, from love poetry to history to philosophical theology, Goodman shows that medieval Islam was open to individualism, occasional secularism, skepticism, even liberalism.

Author Biography


Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Among his many publications are In Defense of Truth (2001), Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age (1999), Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values (OUP, 1998), and God of Abraham (OUP, 1996).

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles xiii
Introduction 3(27)
The Sacred and the Secular
30(52)
Focus and Distraction
33(1)
Poetry and Music
34(9)
Dress and Display
43(4)
Dunya and Din---in Wine, War, and Love
47(20)
Play, the Hunt, and the Freedom of the Dandy
67(15)
Humanism and Islamic Ethics
82(40)
Islamic Ethics in Theory and Practice
88(13)
Miskawayh's Courtly Humanism
101(11)
Ghazali's Appropriation
112(10)
Being and Knowing
122(39)
Being and Becoming
122(21)
Knowledge as a Value
143(18)
The Rise of Universal Historiography
161(52)
The Birth of Arabic Historiography
164(7)
The Roots of Annalistic
171(3)
Baladhuri's Narrative Strategy
174(2)
Greek and Biblical Models
176(4)
Universal History
180(2)
Tabari's Synthesis
182(4)
Saadiah's Historical Orientation
186(3)
Mas'udi
189(6)
The Triumph of Synthetic History
195(4)
Miskawayh's Historiography
199(2)
Local Chronicles and Biographical Dictionaries
201(1)
Rashid al-Din's Universal History
202(2)
Ibn Khaldun
204(9)
Notes 213(38)
Bibliography 251(10)
Index 261

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