Al-Farabi and His School
Examines one of the most exciting and dynamic periods in the development of medieval Islam, from the late 9th to the early 11th century, through the thought of five of its principal thinkers, prime among them al-Farabi. This great Islamic philosopher, called 'the Second Master' after Aristotle, produced a recognizable school of thought in which others pursued and developed some of his own intellectual preoccupations. Their thought is treated with particular reference to the most basic questions which can be asked in the theory of knowledge or epistemology. The book thus fills a lacuna in the literature by using this approach to highlight the intellectual continuity which was maintained in an age of flux. Particular attention is paid to the ethical dimensions of knowledge.
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Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥ Abū Sulaymān al-Sijistān Acquired Intellect Active Intellect Afterlife Age of Fārābism Al-'Amiri al-‘Āmir al-‘ilm al-Fārāb Al-Farabi al-Imtā al-Mutanabb al-Mutanabbi Al-Rabe al-Sijistān Al-Takriti al-Tawḥ al-Tawhīdī Allāh Transcendent Arabic Arabic text Aristotelian Aristotle aspects Badawi Baghdad Barmakids Book of Pleasure Brethren of Purity Būyids chapter classification clearly court culture dimension Dunlop Endress epistemology Epistle ethics example Fakhry Fārābian Four Scientific Questions French introd Greek Ḥamdānid Hārūn History of Islamic Humanism ibid Ibn Abi Usaybi'a Ibn Battuta Ibn Sa‘dān intellect al-‘aql Islamic Philosophy Ismā Jadaane Kitāb al-Amad Knowledge Triumphant Kraemer logic Metaphysics Muḥammad Muntakhab Muslim Philosophers Neoplatonic Netton paradigm Perfect Philosophie en Islam Plato Pleasure and Conviviality Plotinus political Rasā’il Renaissance of Islam Rescher Risāla f Rosenthal Rowson Sāmānids Samir Sayf al-Dawla scholars Sciences soul stress ṣūf survey Tārīkh theology thinkers thought trans translation Treatise Walzer wazr Yahyà Yaḥyā ibn Yahya Ibn Adi